The difference between this time and the other times we have had such greeting shouted at us was that Elder Rowe was with us this time. He responded:
"¿Quien, Will Smith?, no sé"
Once again I am in a trio with Elder Rowe due to the momentary lack of a companion for him. His ex-companion, Elder Montaño boarded his bus last afternoon to Viña having finished his 2 years of service in the mission field. We took fotos after church ended (that´s the first one at the bottom) and accompanied him to the terminal to await his bus´ arrival. He was a really good missionary to put it in very simple terms and we are going to miss him a lot.
Earlier in the week we were able to do a service project in what appeared to be a never-ending attempt to pullout a tree in an Hermana´s backyard. The said "neverending" attempt was finishedwhile we were in interchanges (pictures will have to follow next week, I forgot, but we have service again in the same place).
When we arrived for servicethe Hermana asked me specifically to jump her back fence to what was unused property where a lot of cactuses grow to pick and bring her the "tunas" (cactus fruits...not much else to explain)
As I moved from one Cactus to one further down the hill side ( My companion could still see me, he was looking over the fence/cement wall) and as I began to take more of the fruits I realized there was an old couple that came out their back door just the next house down and began to yell at me. After a brief conversation I understood that the tunas were theirs (even though they were going to let me take those which i HAD already taken and they understood that I had no Idea that it had been theirs).
So I returned with what I had, feeling slighlty ashamed to for having unknowingly "robbed" AS a MISSIONARY! (mas insima) and I told the elders and the Hermana what had happened.
As I told them about the old couple the Hermana asked me what they had said, " I reponded, "well they said they were theirs (dijeron que las tunas eran de ellos).
There was a brief pause, then the Hermana responded
"Sí po Elder"... (well of course Elder)
"You Are In Chile Now" is a recurring Missionary response to weird occurances, shrugging it off as a result of simply being in Chile, I would say that is an appropriate response to this moment.
Soccer really early in the morning (I don´t know if I have told you guys, but Chile simply decided NOT to do daylight savings time so it is all of a sudden really dark outside in the mornings for excercises, You Are In Chile Now)