This has been the third day of 5:45 wake ups and each day I am slowly getting to breakfast later and later. Every day I have gotten in the pool but mainly for a type of medication. I never realized how much better mosquito bites feel in chlorine or maybe it’s just the water. I do not know but it’s about the only time in the day I am not scratching bites. Since I did not post yesterday I have two birds of the day but I am not going to give a list of the birds I saw since they are mostly duplicates. But yesterday’s bird of the day was the golden-fronted woodpecker and today’s bird of the day would have to be the summer tanager because I saw the male and female together almost the entire time.
Today was a big day on site and the team took a big step. For me this was a huge first of something I would not mind doing the rest of my life. Today I think everything really set in. I wrote earlier about the fact that these individuals were unknown. After accomplishing today’s task I really reevaluated life. There are so many things that come so easily and unexciting to many of us that we unconsciously take them for granted. I can’t sit here and say that I will never take anything for granted ever again. However I can say that each day is a gift and I am grateful. After the events today and after reading “Showdown in the Sonoran Desert” by Ananda Rose I was torn: I have read about the reasons why people leave in search for better lives but there is no way I can actually fathom it. Leaving family trying to make a better life for them is a sacrifice. Not knowing if what they seek to accomplish will be a success is also a sacrifice. These people are doing what they think is best and today I embraced that they are making the ultimate sacrifice. I am grateful to be a part of this group and to feel as though we are making some difference. I appreciate the welcome that we have received here in Falfurrias and hopefully we can continue to help this crisis and help people realize every little bit does help.