Trust with a Child
Part Three of the “Costa Rica On The Cusp” Series
I had met a gringo couple at a fiesta in Junquillal who had just competed a 4000 sq. ft. house about a 10 minute drive from the beach. From their description it sounded pretty spectacular (turns out… it is!). So I decided to try to find it the next day.
The story starts here
The house is located back in the jungle on top of a ridge with a 180% view of the ocean… wow! But, as is typical in Costa Rica, there are little dirt roads everywhere and no signs. So, I’m lost in the jungle but have a sense I might be close. I pass a house that’s near what turns out to be a dead end so I turn around and see a young woman and a little boy (he was 6) approaching me from the house.
Not wanting to scare anyone, because I know they don’t see many people driving around there, especially since I remembered I had passed a sign that said something about private property (not sure because my Spanish is still very limited), I stopped so I could explain myself.
I told the young lady that I was looking for the house of (what’s his name). She has a phone in her hand and she’s talking to someone. She hands the phone to me. I say “hola”. The guy on the other end says in broken English “who are you and what do you want?” I tell him my name and that I’m looking for this guy’s house. He says “oh, ok, give the phone back to the lady”. So I do. They have a very brief conversation, and she hangs up the phone. The next thing I know, she opens my car door, puts the 6 old year in, and say’s something that indicates to me he’s gonna direct me to this guy’s house!!
Would that ever happen in paranoid California!!! I was so touched! I thought “this is another reason I love this place and the people here”. Me, a total stranger, and they trust me to do right…. wow. Yep, the kid said “a la derecha or a la isquierda” and in about 5 minutes I was at the guy’s house. He has a little girl about the same age and they’re playmates.
The house is an architectural delight! Had some coffee with the guy and his wife, oood and awhed about their house and followed the guy’s directions to get back to the main road. If I had made a left instead of a right in the first place I probably wouldn’t have gotten lost, but then I wouldn’t have had that wonderful experience either.
And an interesting side note here
The little boy, who of course spoke only Spanish, and the little girl, who of course spoke only English, jabbered away at each other and interacted as though they were speaking the same language. It was incredible to watch!
Gary Davis has found Costa Rica and is happily experiencing the tranquility of living in paradise. Go to www.plumitapacifica.com and you’ll have a little sample of his piece of paradise where you can visit if you want to!