Everybody is important

Posted on April 26, 2016 by Feiko Beckers

Two weeks ago I met a woman who works at the district’s office in Moengo. She wore a khaki uniform. I asked her if everyone who works for the district has to wear an uniform like that. She told me only officials do and then she showed me the insignia on her shoulder and explained me her rank.
      “So you’re important.” I said.
      “Everbody’s important.” She responded.
      That she was absolutely right about that became clear to me last weekend.

Because in the middle of this picture you can see Ricardo Pinas. Together with his cousin I went into the forest last Saturday to go fishing. When it rains a lot the level of the river rises and the fish will swim in between the trees. Then all you have to do is hit them with your machete.
      Unfortunately we didn’t find any fish. According to Ricardo, we were either too early or far too late.

Both Ricardo and his cousin carried a machete to cut away the leaves. I was the only one in our group that went empty handed. I also just followed in their footsteps, because I had no idea where we were going. Normally I brag about my navigation skills, but after only 5 minutes in the forest, I was completely disoriented.
      But if you think I was useless during our little expedition, you couldn’t be more wrong. I was a crucial part of it. I was also very important.
      Because just before we entered the forest, Ricardo entrusted me with his car keys. At first I put them in the pocket of my jeans, but later I transferred them to my bag. From then on I checked every 10 minutes whether they were still there. I took my task very seriously.

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