April 8, 2008

Jesus Electric, Hamburgers in Paradise, & A Dinner Moth

Holy Mary Jesus and Joseph. There was a moth the size of a flippin' cat on our car! Apparently, we have the Magic Beast Attracting Carport because about a month after we discovered the whopping Dinner Toad (about 1 pound and bigger than my stretched hand) resting on our carport, this enormous White Witch Moth was found sleeping on Larry's car tire. Possibly the largest moth in the world, it has a wing span from between 10 and 12 inches! Frankly, if it were lightly battered and fried, I think it could provide crispy snacks for a family of three.

Any way you look at it, you just can't go hungry in Panama. Note below Larry's favorite Hamburger Stand on the road to Bocas del Toro.

And for entertainment, there is always the Good Friday Electric Jesus Floats! There were four in all, smothered in local flowers, each heavier than 6 coffins and carried in silence through town for the annual Good Friday procession. We processed along with the locals, but lasted only about five stations... not because the walk was a stretch, but because remaining quiet for that long is a cross I am not willing to bear.

1 comment:

Mark Ballard said...

Sounds like a lot of fun, except for the attempt to remain silent for the full stations of the cross. Not a cross to bear, my dear cousin, an impossiblity!

with love,


News About The Boys

Mrs. Bliss told us there is a caterpillar here that is pink and fuzzy, and, if you touch it, its fur will stick in your skin and sting you! This happened to her daughter, Aylana. It was very painful and they had to pull the fibers out using tape! There are also scorpions and snakes, but I think there are more poisonous snakes in Florida.

William is busy, busy. In the morning he does his home schooling (Dad is his teacher!). Then, around 9:00 he rushes happily off to the local, Catholic, Spanish-only school where he audits the 4th grade! He's been doing some skim boarding but we are seriously missing the skating. Surfing looms in the near future. For a change we finally have kids on our street to play with, (not to mention dogs and roosters, snakes, toads, etc.) and it is wonderful making new friends. Still, William really misses his friends and family back in Sarasota. It's wonderful to get messages from the folks back home.

We send a special "Hello How Are Ya?" back to Nolen, Max, Connor, Emily W. and Teah!

Larry is Mr. Handy! Between homeschooling and making repairs on the house, he is never without something to do. And we have gone from never seeing him, to having him around all the time. Hmmmmmm.....

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