Last summer, as you may recall, I went on a mission trip with nine other juniors to the Pilsen neighborhood in Chicago. This trip wasn’t so much about the work, as it was about the people. One of these people was Gustavo Macias – we liked to call him “Tavo.”
He’s a somewhat quiet, likeable guy, and I’m convinced that he’s a pyromaniac. Anyhow, today’s his birthday, and I’d like to wish him a very fun weekend, since life in Pilsen tends to be pretty boring, according to Tavo and his sisters.
He’s into Star Wars, and I suppose he wants a gift that relates to the film. The only thing I could think to do was to show him the Star Wars Atmosphere worlds. He uses dialup, though, so I know his birthday would be over by the time he got a chance to explore those worlds.
One thing I’ll always remember from that trip was the “waxed nickel” that Tavo gave to Steven Gunn. It’s a nickel that he bathed in candlewax – it’s just so random that I won’t be forgetting it anytime soon.
He wanted to send all us missiontrippers a similar momento for Christmas, but being the procrastinator I am, I didn’t send him our addresses until it was too late. Maybe our group can make up for it by sending them a gift with the next batch of missiontrippers, sometime in June.
¡Feliz cumpleaños Tavo! And expect to hear from us soon!