|A Pura Vida sky on a walk with the dogs|
After the film’s viewing a small population used the term and by 1970 it was being used nationwide -as it is today. http://bestcostaricantours.com/about/puravida.html
And the years progressed – amicably, but from widely different viewpoints. They assumed that I was rich and had everything I needed and wanted – and quite separate from them. They could not know that my $673/month social security in 2008 barely provided. Much like them, I was also living in poverty though I was fortunate to have access to more income through teaching watercolor. Though our day to day commonalities were mostly invisible, I planted my roots deep into the Costa Rican red soil. Through teaching and art I was able to rebuild the termite ridden house and replace the leaky roof, build an outdoor studio and two cabinas. All my Tico neighbors helped me with the labor.
|Other neighbors, Billy & Jesus planting along the wall|
|Toño's house and driveway below my wall and house, upper left.|