Simeon saddles the horse for Catalina
Simeon comes home from the fields. Alfredo runs to greet him and grabs the horse’s reins to lead him to the shade. The horse is the boy’s best friend. Alfredo then accompanies his father to a cousin’s house. Catalina doesn’t wait for them. She has her lunch with Liz: rice with cooked beef and herbs, served with manioc instead of bread.
1:15. Back at last, Simeon and Alfredo wait for Catalina to serve them at the table; she has kept their food warm. The animals are alert, waiting for a few scraps, and the unbearable squalling of the guinea hens drowns out the men’s talk. Using a long pole, Liz knocks a grapefruit off the tree for dessert.
After lunch, Simeon saddles the horse for Catalina. She is taking Aldo to the village for his vaccination. The rhythm of the ride will send the future horseman off to sleep immediately. After seeing them off, Simeon tends the garden. The herbs, onions, and salad greens are ready for picking. In a few months, there will be carrots, cabbages, and tomatoes too. Traditionally these vegetables were not part of the Paraguay diet, but the government is attempting to stress their nutritional value, and Simeon has taken the time to learn how to grow them.