Blanca is an energetic little girl. She has a mind of her own, an independent
spirit, and a feistypersonality—with a silly side—that cannot fail to endear
her to those who meet her.
Blanca and I ended up on the same soccer
team for the Torneo Navideno this past holiday season. However, I could never convince her to
actually play a game with us. Towards
the beginning of the tournament, we were standing at the door to the comedor
looking at the game schedule. “Blanca”,
I asked her, “Are you going to play this week?”
“No!” she answered. “Why
not?” I asked. “We need you!” “You weren’t here last week when we played!”
she said accusingly. And she was
right. I had been on retreat the weekend
before and missed a game. I tried to
explain to her that I had been out of town and hadn’t missed the game
deliberately, but it was to no avail.
Blanca had made up her mind, and that was it. Later I would see her happily running around
on the field before the start of a game and call out to her, “Blanca! Are you playing?” “No!!!!”
she would answer emphatically.
Blanca plays on her terms and on her terms only.
Blanca’s spunkiness is apparent in her
interactions with the other children at Amigos.
One evening I was eating dinner in Blanca’s hogar. We went outside behind the hogar to wash our
plates at the pila. One of the boys from the neighboring dorm, Oscar Omar, had
climbed a tree. Once he spotted Blanca,
he began calling down to her in a teasing voice, “Blanca Nieve! Donde están los enanos?” which means, “Snow
White!” Where are the dwarves?” Blanca
promptly and succinctly informed Oscar that she did not appreciate being called
Snow White, nor did she know where the dwarves could be located. I think she did manage to forgive Oscar,
though—I saw her hugging him good night after prayer circle one evening.
Another of Blanca’s charming qualities is
the silly, goofy side to her personality, which often appears in the company of
her twin brother, Jose Alexis. On a
recent walk to Posas Verdes, the village down the road from Amigos, the twins
could be found laughing and giggling at everything. From their sneaky sprint ahead of the adults
in the group to the hilarity that ensued after someone knocked over the
(luckily closed) bottle of refresco, Blanca and Alexis were thoroughly enjoying
being chiflado (wacky) together.
evidence that Blanca is truly a livewire exists in the following anecdote. After a rather enthusiastic prayer service, Blanca
got so excited during the last song that she stood up on the bench she’d been
sitting on and began to dance animatedly to the delight of those sitting near
her. Blanca is a bold, bright, young
girl who will without a doubt become a vivacious, self-assured young
~ Genevieve Volpe, 2015-16 volunteer
|Blanca and her twin brother, Jose Alexis|
|Blanca with her siblings (and friend Fernanda) during October vacations.|
Left to right: Blanca, Fernanda, Jose Alexis, Keila, Reina
This series of photos perfectly sums up Blanca's personality: