Saturday, November 6, 2010

Daddi and Mommi's adventoowe in the wilds of NewYewsey

Mommi and Daddi got home late last night and told me all sowts of gweat sowies fwom theiw long long day ..I think they bof got big colds, but said it was all wowf it.
Daddi and his fellow Peace Cowe  Volunteews  at the Plaque dedication   they attended at Wutgews in NewJewsey, whewe they twained 50 yeaws ago to go off to  the unknown

I think they must have been incwedibly bwave( much like us  doggies)..they had to go to a new place whewe evewyone spoke a diffewent language and all alone  twy to leawn how to help hoomans faw fwom them

(btw, my Daddi speaks bootiful Spanish to this day and he, and all of them said, they leawned mowe fwom the hoomans they went to help than the othew way awound.  The Colombians wewe kind and hospitable  and shawed theiw lives wif them)

I have a smilebox wif a bunch of pictoowes fwom theiw day, I hope you enjoy it

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They wewe vewy young and idealistic  50 yeaws ago, and fwom what I heaw, they haven't changed much on the inside.
(if you missed the News on NBC, you can see it hewe)

George is shaking hands with Alberto Lleras Camargo, President of Colombia at the Bogota in-country training site at Tibaitata. 


 Daddi was explaining to me that

Colombia 1 was a Wuwal Community Development Gwoup that wowked with a jointly administewed CAWE-Peace Cowe.  The Volunteews wewe paiwed up (Daddi  wif  Tom Mullins) and assigned to wuwal sites to wowk alongside a govewnment Community Action Pwogram called Accion Comunal and the National Association of Cafetewos, the majow coffee gwowews association of Colombia (know Juan Valdez?). Tom left after six months to go to another site and Daddi stayed  alone with  the locals to help him.

Community Development was fowming local committees to owganize self-help pwojects that benefitted the community and wanged from building woads, bwidges, schools, spowts fields, latwines, water supplies and health centews.
Daddi and his companiewo from Accion Comunal built a new bwidge into town and built a health center with bwicks that the community made.  Evewyone called Daddi "Don Jorge"

(Daddi wif his Colombian countewpawt Faustino Twujillo Mowwales in a photogwaph taken at his site in Fuquene Colombia ....  pictoowe is fwom the awticle in the Satuwday Evening Post)
The awticle: PROFILE OF A PEACECORPSMAN
 HOW A YOUNG AMERICAN HELPS THE RESIDENTS OF A  POOR , REMOTE COLOMBIAN VILLAGE HELP THEMSELVES

Thewe awe lots of stowies funny , and some sad, but mommi says  she wouldn't know whewe to stawt

Mommi and Daddi awe totally exhausted, I, ummm, stayed home and slept like an angel and didn't go watewskiing in the Hudson Wivew wif my pals and didn't come home dwipping watew all ovew the apawtment  to dwink hot cawob wif schlag  in theiw company

Wight now, I'm "Cawbo loading"..I heawd we all have to eat lots of sghetti the night befowe the newyawk Mawathon
(I'm wishing all the wunnews the most wondewful day)


smoochie kisses


29 comments:

Khyra And Sometimes Her Mom said...

That was a pawesome slideshow AND a great post!

We were so excited when we saw your daddi on the news!

Of khourse, what they did was an inkhredible service to all!

Thanks fur sharing this!

Hugz&Khysses,
Khywa

Sally said...

We are so proud of your Daddi! What a lot of lovely photos and memories - looks like they had a good time getting together again.

LOts of licks
Sally and Paddy

Maggie and Mitch said...

What an incredible day! We are so proud of your daddi, Asta!
We hope you win the marathon, Asta. We'll be having onies for dindin too!

Love ya lots
Maggie and Mitch

The Rocky Creek Scotties said...

What a great post. Your Daddi is truly remarkable and what a wonderful way to commemorate his love for his fellow man.

XOXO
Lilly, Piper, Carrleigh and Ruairi

Gus said...

That was a wonderful post. We are going to go back and watch the video thingy again, now that we know what your Daddi looked like. Hehehe..we were looking for the wrong guy!

Anyway, good luck with the mawathon, and be careful not to start too fast, because it is a looooooong run.
xoxoo
gussie

Frankie Furter said...

OMD OMD this was the bestest of Posts. You must be ever so proud of your dad. My mom saw the thingy on NBC butt when she talked to my dad about it.. we had No Idea that we would know somebuddy (well somebuddy's DAD) who was involved with the Peace Corp.
Congratulations Asta on having such a SPECIAL dad!!

Gracie =^o.o^= said...

Congrats to the daddie and all that he has done to help those when he was in the Peace Corps. The mom here remembers when that was started. She didn't join up though. I know not only here where your daddie lives but all through his life he has touched many hearts and changed the lives of many. He's a keeper for sure. You did a wonderful job when you adopted your folks.

♥♥♥ The OP Pack ♥♥♥ said...

What a wonderful way to honor those wonderful people, including your very special Dad, for the work they did to help others. We really enjoyed viewing all the photos, Mom says she visited the Rutgers campus many years ago when one of our human siblings was decided on a college choice.

Phantom wants you to save him some pasta - that is ONE thing he loves.

Have a great Sunday.

Woos~ Phantom, Thunder, and Ciara

Mr. Pip said...

Wow, that's so amazing about your daddy in the Peace Core. Mama says if she had to do all over again, she would definitely join the Peace Core!

I didn't know you were going to run the marathon! I will watch for you on TV!

Your pal, Pip

Wyatt said...

Asta-
Loved your pictures. The black and white ones, were really special. Thanks for sharing your Dad's story!

Wyatt and Stanzie

Mack said...

Oh My Dog, Asta your daddi is so brave!
What a great post!!

Bocci said...

I'm embarrassed to leave another comment:-)...but thank you so much for posting this! You out-did yourselves with that smilebox-fabulous!!!! We enjoyed it sooooo much.

And Asta, a good idea to carbo-load! Parental Unit does that here a few times a week and doesn't even WATCH a marathon....

Your buddy,
Bocci

Daisy said...

Your Daddi is a cool dude!

Bouncing Bertie said...

Oh Asta, that is so totally amazing. Thank you so much for sharing. Your Daddi looks wonderful, such a fine man, inside and out, it's quite clear.
Gail tells me that, before I was born, she had a really lovely lodger here in our house in Scotland, an American student called Naomi, whose parents met in the Peace Corps. She says that Hamish adored Naomi, and she him.
Toodle pip!
Bertie.

doyle and mollie said...

we thinks your daddi is a true star asta and momma just loves all the old pics how lucky your momma is to have both of you - loves and licks xxx

Stanley said...

Don Jorge is our HERO!!

You are one lucky pupgirl, sweet Astaroni, to have the adventurous and generous daddi you do! We in GooberStan should erect a plaque of our own commemorating the fact that we even KNOW Don Jorge. He's definitely one of our nation's heroes!

Stella said, "I always knew my Georgie was special!" (like it was some secret only SHE knew or something).

Give some of our juiciest goob smooches to your daddi and to your mommi for snaggin' such a hot tamale for her very own!

Goober love,
Stanley

rottrover said...

Thanks Asta for sharing this very special day with us. You should be very proud of your daddi :-)

Scruffy, Lacie and Stanley's Place said...

Asta...I swear your nose grew quite a bit...sorta like PIN O KEE O'S.....

I mean....skiin' doubles with ya this weekend...I was sooooo embarassed when Scruffy plowed into that water taxi...he's not a really good driver...but wasn't it divine how they heated the water...it was like a bath tubbie...

And that Schlag you made from your cow....it was fabulous on that hot carob....

And frankly, I wish your Daddi hadn't married your mom, cuz then I could marry him....sheesch...all the great ones are taken....

A lovely post, Asta....

Kisses,

Lacie Cakes

Ludo van Doggy said...

Wow! What a really great Daddi you has Asta, he has so much to be proud of in his life and I is sure he has made such an important difference in the lives of so many.
~lickies, Ludo
pee ess: You looked very pretty in your tutu.

Baby Rocket Dog and Hootie said...

BowWowZer Asta! Your daddi is a hero to the Columbian hoomans(& us too!!). The Peace Corp did so much good for so many under privledged. Hey, Don Jorge had lots of hair 50 years ago too!!
Smooches from pooches,
BabyRD & Hootie

The Thuglets said...

Thank you for sharing an amazing story. You must be so proud of your Daddi!

Big Nose Pokes
The Thugletsx

mayziegal said...

This was a most amazing postie, Asta! I just luved learning so much abouts your daddi and that peace corps thing. I think they mighta been even braver 50 years ago than they are now (and the ones now are pretty darn brave, I think). Cuz, well, nobuddy had ever done it before, you know? PLUS my mom says there wasn't such things as cell phones or the interwebz or anything. Only writing letters on PAPER to keep in touch with their family and furends. Can you IMAGINE!? Gosh. You should ask your daddi if he was able to ride a dinosaur while he was there cuz I bet they still had 'em way back when.

Wiggles & Wags,
Mayzie

Cheryl, Indiana, Shingo and Molly said...

Awww, many congrats to your Daddi!! An awesome dedication!!

Yes, Moms says sghetti is a great pre race meal!!

Woofs and Kisses!
The Fiesty Three

Siku Marie, White Dog said...

What an incredible person your Daddi is to have braved the unknown to help those in need! He is a hero. And you must be so proud!

Your Daddi continues to prove how amazing he is in fighting the battle for his health. You and your Mommi are very strong and loving warriors to stand by his side fighting the good war. Know you are not alone.

Your family and the Luke's and our Angel sheltie and mom's beloved aunt who died after years of pushing back ovarian cancer were some of the important reasons we walked in the 2MillionDog Puppy Up! Walk for Canine and Comparative Oncology Research. You were our inspiration and our strength. Cancer.Touches.Everyone.

Bella the Westie said...

Your Dad is a truly wonderful person and he has given so much to help others, you can be proud of him.
Give all our best wishes of health and happiness to him and to all your family.
Lve from Bella and Ollie.

Gus, Louie and Callie said...

What a great slideshow.. Looks like they had a great time..


Big Sloppy Kisses
Gus, Louie and Callie

TwoSpecialWires said...

We are totally confused. You say you didn't go water skiing. But Eric said he was with you this weekend. And your mommi says you were an angel. And Lacie says she was skiing doubles with you. Where were we? With our heads in the ground? Or maybe underwater bobbing for apples? The important thing is, we are VERY PROUD of Daddi. Very very proud. And we WERE proud of you. Till we read this post and all the comments.

We'll just go poke our heads in the ground again.

Love
BruvverJake and SissieFergi

Martha and Bailey said...

What a lovely post Asta. Your Dad has a lot to be proud of and we are so pleased that he is still the same as he was 50 years ago!
Humans need to hang on to what they believe is right.
Great work with the Smilebox!
love
Martha and Bailey xxx

Two Schnauzers from New England said...

Hi, Asta -

We can see why you are so proud of your Daddi. Mama was really impressed with the smilebox of pictures.

The best picture is of you eating spaghetti for the marathon, though.

Love -

Hershey and Kaci