Case and I just got back from a week in the campo. It was rewarding and tiring, as always.
We spent the time out there with campesinos – rural farmers – and I noticed today while shaking a bunch of hands at a meeting that the older men especially have hands that are hard and curled from years of manual work. Also one man told us a story about how campesinos used to work barefoot, often because they couldn’t afford shoes. He said that over the years, this widened out their feet, and that he knew one man who died standing up, resting his chin on a walking stick, and then continued standing there, dead. His wife saw him standing out in the distance, and didn’t realize he’d passed for hours. (This story was told with a laugh, as Colombians laugh at death a bit more than we do.)