had a woman from the neighborhood come over to do his laundry and
clean the house sometimes. She could always use the money. Often
she would ask him for money to pay for some medical expenses. Most
of Josué's Nicaraguan friends would ask him for favors at
times. A Peace Corps salary doesn't provide for much luxury, but
since he's a Yanquí, everyone assumed my brother is rich.
This didn't stop people from giving gifts to him. Josué had
to be careful. If he complimented someone's shirt, they were likely
to give it to him off their back.
a Yanquí, my brother was a fantastic curiosity for the children
of the neighborhood. They would often gather around to watch him
practice his banjo. They also came to draw. Josué always
kept plenty of paper and crayons available for the kids.