Sr. Pamela Marie Buganski
“God is always talking to me when I am in Guatemala.”
When the students found the third poisonous coral snake while clearing the land for the gardents, I decided that testing my luck with
bare feet in flip flops trudging back and forth through the overgrowth was not a good idea. God had enough to do without having to protect me from snake bites.
Up to this point I was relying on the old: “They are more scared of you than you are of them!” To me that meant that if they heard me coming, they would VAMOS! But Ismael explained to me that the strategy of the snake is to just stay still where it is. So if you happen to step right near one, it would bite. That sounded more risky and it seemed more likely that I just might scare one in its hiding place.
So, I headed to the Mega Paca (giant goodwill) to look for boots. Just thinking about putting on boots raised my already overheated body temperature 10 degrees! And I hate boots! I was thinking that I would try to find something that I could pull on over my tennis shoes. Well, I bought the first pair of boots that I tried on. UGG boots with wool lining and a leather and suede exterior.
They were certainly sturdy enough not to need to wear shoes. And they fit perfectly! So for the equivalent of $10, I was set for the next day in the field. They were so snug that my feet and legs did not feel hot, and I didn’t even get a blister!
I make quite a fashion statement! I’ve got on winter boots and shorts, a headband to catch the sweat with a straw hat, and my hands are wrapped in tape (prevents blisters) under simple gardening gloves. One would think that the sight of me alone would scare the snakes silly!
Sr. Pam Buganski
Sr. Pam joined SewHope as our first American Project Coordinator in 2012