So, training is finally over! I’m now officially a Peace Corps volunteer! What, don’t believe me? Check out the photo at the bottom of the post! Yes, I am the ridiculously modest/good-looking gentleman in the middle. Seriously, that’s my best joke, and I’ll continue to use it.
It has been quite hectic since I was sworn in. Following the ceremony, my host father, who had come to pick me up, took me to my new home up north. I cannot even begin to exclaim how happy I am with my new host family. My host mom is very sweet, and consistently makes sure I have everything I need; my host dad treats me like his son, and I’m pretty much his little buddy; and my host sisters are both very cool, and very sweet. My sisters even speak a bit of english!
I’m struggling to remember all that has happened in the last few days. I worked with my host dad on reapolstering a couch…or at least I thought that’s what we were doing. First I took the staples out, so we could take the material off the couch. Then we took another layer off. Then we unscrewed the metal, and took off some wood supports. Then we took the box spring out. Pretty soon we had taken apart the entire couch….and that is how we left it! So….maybe at some point we’ll put it back together? Either way, it was pretty fun.
Yesterday afternoon I was sitting at the kitchen table with my family, and my host mom asks me how I would like my eggs prepared for dinner that night. I more or less said, “surprise me”. I then went on to ask if they like egg salad. They had never heard about it, so I explained the process of making it, which I just about immediately regretted, because my host mom then said myself and my host sister would be making egg salad for dinner! Now, I didn’t regret it because I don’t like egg salad….I regretted it because I’m not the best cook.
All throughout law school, my law school wife Vincent Rivera would come over and do the cooking, and I would do the cleaning…we had a system. Now, I was being asked to make a meal for a family. I know, I know, I’m dramatizing the process of making egg salad, which we all know is easy and takes about 15 minutes….but I urge you all not to underestimate my ability to screw up even the simplest recipe!
In any case, I used about 13 eggs, a butt-load of mayonnaise, some salt, pepper, and some tomatos….and it actually came out really good! My host family exclaimed, “You sir, are the finest chef America has to offer!”, to which I replied, “please, you do me too much honor”. Yes, I made that up, but they really did like the egg salad.
I’m sure you were all fascinated by the egg salad story.