Wilphar spent years living with me back in the 1990’s as a teenager. Then he moved to Cayes for a few years of school. He met a girl there, married, had a couple of daughters. He is still in Cayes. I used to visit them regularly when I had access to a vehicle and traveled to Cayes for school business. Since then, I haven’t seen him very much.
In August Wilphar and his wife and two girls came to Passe-bois-d’ormes for a few days. It was a chance for the girls to visit their grandmother, and for the family to visit me as well. It was a delightful couple of days. We watched movies in the evenings in the ASAPH Teaching Center…on the big screen (projector).
I was delighted for the chance to catch up with Wilphar and his family after many months of separation.
Then Esprenord came by for a short visit and ended up staying for over a week as well. He also had spent a few years with me here as he finished high school in the late 1990's. He graduated from college in Cayes a few years ago and has been making his way there as a school teacher. He was very helpful with the trip to the museum and the Brass Band concerts in August. One day, in a Brass Band rehearsal he gave the players some great advice about listening. It reinforced an idea I hope to instill in every musician…intentional listening. Musicians should be the best listeners on the planet.
I’m thankful for all of the people I have around me here…good people.
Missionary in Haiti.