The cycle of generosity, by Martha Campbell

My granddaughter, Alejandra, and I did a project together of making a small platform here on the farm.  It wasn’t completely finished when I decided that I would do my first sit from 5:30 a.m. until 7:30 a.m. just to try it out and analyze what more needed to be done before I spent some time with Alejandra on it.

As I was walking up  from my house at 4:30 a.m. I was doing quite a bit of reminiscing….. The Monteverde Friends School was started on February 19th. 1951 at the Challes Farm outside of Heredia where the original group was staying as they looked for six months all over Costa Rica for the ideal place to locate our community. As there were 7 children in the group of school age the school was started right away so these children would not get behind. Mary Mendenhall, their teacher, then went on to serve the Monteverde Friends School for 20 years.

Myself and my brother and sister graduated from the Monteverde Friends School and also my three children, Marlene, Juanita and Federico. Now my grandaughter Alejandra, who now is in the 7th. Grade is there. My other two grandchildren, Maya and Felan also, “si Dios quiere”, will also be attending there in the near future.

Alejandra came to check on me around 7 a.m. and we finished fixing up the platform so that the next morning Alejandra and I spent from 5 a.m. to 6 a.m. on our sunrise meeting time together on the platform.

Today, the 15th of May, Marlene, Alejandra and Juanita and Maya spent a total of 9 hours all together amongst the four of them on the platform. Maya at 8 ½ months contributed 2 hours of that tree sitting time! Also a contribution, in Maya’s name was made to the scholarship matching donor’s fund for donors under 20 years of age.

There is a basic cosmic law –  that this a flow universe, as we give it flows out which makes an opportunity for more to flow in. As there is a saying in Spanish, “manos que dan nunca estan vacios” hands that give are never empty. This is not only a nice saying but it is true! So please help us support the Monteverde Friends School. The gift of an  opportunity for a good education is one of the most important things we can give to others…….

Martha Campbell

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