Pedro is a ladies man. At thirty-five,
he has those handsome Portuguese good looks, and is soft spoken. It’s no
wonder he’s always got a girl on his arm. We met briefly while he was staying at our guest house in
Chiang Mai, Thailand. At
that time he was making his way south to the islands, and when I saw him
leave, he was again with a lady.
Yesterday upon returning to our guest house, I was surprised to see
Pedro laying by the pool, especially because the weather in
northern Thailand has turned cool with gray skies. It‘s not exactly
sunning weather, if you know what I mean.
Going up to him I reintroduced
myself and asked if he had checked out our website. “Not yet” he
remarked, telling me that he had left his laptop "up there" so he was
incommunicado for the last few weeks. Mentioning that the sun was hardly
breaking through the thick cloud layer, I checked to see if he was cold.
“Cold? Portugal is cold now - this is nice.” We joked a bit about some
friends, and then I excused myself to take care of my business.
My friend Pedro
The next morning after checking our
email at a local internet shop, I returned to the guest house. Pedro is
patiently sitting right outside the office.
Acknowledging him I ask what
he is doing. “Waiting for the internet shop to open,” he says. I know
from experience that the computer shop at our guest
house is very lax in their hours, and today was no exception. I offer to
show him another place just up our road and he agrees.
As we are walking through the small
alleys, I tell him that I admire his courage to be traveling on his own
He seemed surprised and remarked “Aw, this is nothing, but why do you
say it’s courageous?” I
tell him because of his ability to overcome his
obstacles, and all with a terrific attitude.
Meanwhile as we
continue to make our way in our
global travels, I am reminded of the blessed
life we have and continue to live. We arrive at the shop. I help Pedro
get settled in and he sets up his laptop needing little assistance. With
his earpiece in place, he’s ready to check his email and surf the net.
What inspires me about Pedro is that he is blind.
Later that day I ask
him how it is that he always has a beautiful lady by his side. Smiling
he confides, “It’s my walking cane. It’s a great stick, isn’t it?”
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