Friday, July 15, 2011
Life in Mexico - Another Lesson
I'm always learning from the Mexican people lessons that I need to know. It's part of the journey of life. Today was no exception.
Javier the handy man/gardener repaired the stairs to the guest house last week. He said he would get sand and concrete and repair them. He did. He went to the store, got the materials and filled in the holes in the old railroad ties that were put in place about thirty-five years ago. Now people's heels won't get caught and it is smoother.
He and I were pleased with the work. I assumed since he had been infermarecently for a couple of days, and is always paid, that I didn't need to pay him for that extra hour of work. I was surprised last Monday when he saw me in the jardin and asked for that one hour's pay. I was on my cell phone and said we would take care of it on Friday.
Today we had a discussion about sick pay and why I had not paid him for that hour. He then said that he was sorry but he needed 20 pesos to pay his phone bill that day and that was why he asked. I replied, "Well, why didn't you tell me?" And his reply, "I feel shame".
Oh my, that was about three hours ago and I still have a knot in my stomach. My lack of sensitivity embarasses me. My vow now is to be more aware of the needs of both Josefina and Javier. They give so much to me.
I remember several years ago when Javier first came to work for me and I asked him to light the gas water heater. He didn't know how to do so. I remember having a second of irritation and then that turned to dismay when I realized he didn't know how to light it because he and his family do not have hot water. I was so ashamed.
The lesson today will NOT be forgotten on this journey of life. Viva Mexico and thank you Universe for Josefina and Javier.