For those who don't know what that is, it's the irrational fear of thirteen.
Yesterday was that day, and Friday to top it off. It would have been a good one to feed the fear in people.
It started as a very good and bright day, like most here in Costa Rica. We readied ourselves and went toward the big store. On the way we stopped at our favourite little roadside vendor to try to trade a box of mangoes for some tomatoes and onions. She always gives us her best produce. We told her it was Melaney's birthday tomorrow, and she grinned and gave us a huge pineapple. She still charged us two rojas ($4) for the four kilos of tomatoes and three kilos of onions. But that's OK. We have more mangoes than Croesus....At the big store I caved and bought a box of donuts.
Our produce friend was at her stand, and we stopped and gave her a donut. Her mother was just behind and we gave her one as well. They both seemed delighted.
By the time we were inside with all our groceries, the clouds were darkening. It began a light rain at around three.
I make dinner early and by four thirty, we were eating our salad and chicken. I had picked up a roasted chicken at the store.
This is when the fireworks started. The sky rumbled and lightening in the distance played over the sky. Soon the storm was serious. It escalated to some loud crashes in our vicinity. The lights went out. There were massive flashes of lightening with simultaneous thunder claps that sounded as if the Heavens were ripping open. We were trying to eat. I got up and got the candle in case the lights were going to be out for a while. I sat in my chair beside Melaney and our chairs shook like a ride at the fair. The standing fan swayed from side to side. We had to pick up our juice mugs because the juice was splashing from side to side. WE WERE EXPERIENCING ANOTHER EARTHQUAKE. It was a tremor but at least two or three times as intense as the other one we experienced. For those less hardy, it could have been nerve wracking. The tremor lasted about a minute. The rain lasted another two hours. There were great sheets of water. The earthquake measured 6.0 on the Richter scale and the epicenter was right underneath us 70 miles deep.
Next morning, Saturday, it is Melaney's Birthday....The day is beautiful and sunny and except for all the plants in the yard being well watered, you wouldn't know it rained.
Victor and Rita were out early picking mangoes. They came to the house to wish Mel a happy birthday.
She is off to town now. My watch needs a new battery and she has made the acquaintance of a jewellery store owner near Ellie's little lunch counter. She took a couple of small pineapples to Ellie. They have become friends and Mel likes to sit and try out her Spanish with her. It is a little change of scenery for her.