Wendy never misses a meeting. As the secretary of the community commission, she’s faithful, conscientious, and hopeful. This year has taught Wendy to be incredibly resilient.
In Caliche, we visit her front porch. Through hushed tones, she shares her news. Her husband, Jose, has a brain tumor. She’s recovering from a stroke. Her son, Marvin, passed away earlier this year.
Quiet tears turn to a faint smile. She recounts Marvin’s kind compassion and care for the community’s children. He left a mark on all he loved.
Slowly, Wendy has regained use of her left side. Supported by her daughter, Isis, and son, Oliver, she cares for her farm. Piglets and calves represent new beginnings.
Displaying the fortitude so prevalent in Caliche, Wendy remains focused:
“I haven’t stopped attending community meetings. Since the stroke, I can't always do everything I once could, but I can still be present. We’ve had a hard year, but we have a lot of work to do. I’m not giving up.”