I took the boys to see Cars 2 last night. They were not real excited to start with, but found out it was actually a lot of fun! They had specials for the time we went, and popcorn and drinks for $1, so it was really special. The movie is pretty good, and got quite a few laughs from the adults as well as the kids. It’s basically a James Bond, 007 type movie, with lots of explosions.
After the movie I took the kids to McDonalds to play and get a fruit smoothie (you have to take a break sometimes!) and we met some fascinating people passing through on their way to Florida. They are from middle Quebec, Canada, and I had noticed them as they didn’t speak the most common foreign language of here, Mexican Spanish (very different than the Spanish and Portuguese dialects of the rest of South America). It took me a while to pick out some words, but they were speaking French, mixed with English and another language that turned out to be Cree. It turns out the little girl with them is their foster daughter, though she isn’t always with them as her mother keeps changing her mind, and the Cree Nation will not allow anyone outside the Nation to adopt her.
These people were amazing! The man (I never did get any names) is a medic of some sort, specializing in heart and nervous system issues. He is working in Northern Quebec helping mostly the native tribes, the Cree and Inuit. His wife works in a bank to help make ends meet, and they foster a large number of children from the tribes, trying to give them some stability. They told me how the families were very poor with no job skills, and the women tend to have more children than they can care for, and drugs and alcohol abuse dominate much of the culture. You could see the heart of the couple in how they talked about those they work with. They know things probably won’t change in their lifetime, but they do everything they can to help those they come into contact with. They work with the tribal leaders, the parents of their foster children, and even help the parents and grandparents of these children when they are able. The woman told me how she walks down the street and the children rush to see her, and every year they take one child with them to Florida. The little girl was so sweet, and obviously loved the couple. They said she had been with them off and on since birth, when she was taken from her mother because of being a crack baby. At 5 she is finally sleeping most nights, but she is always given back to her mother, so the couple has worked out a system that when the mother needs a break for a few weeks the little girl comes to live with them. I wish words could express the spirit of this couple. So calm, and quiet, with smiles and care written all over them. You can tell they live in a different culture by their way of speaking and acting. I felt truly blessed to meet them!