Field Note #136: Gustavo's Grin


There is something about his smile. You quickly see beyond his brownish decaying teeth when you spend just one afternoon with this guy. He is short, stocky, strong and such a stud! Gustavo is his name. He works with Wine To Water in the Amazon as a boat driver, technician and our protector. When I'm with him, I'm at ease. When something breaks, he fixes it, even if it's going to make him drip with sweat right after he takes his first refreshing shower in a week. In the most difficult and anxious situations, he still has a sweet grin that comforts me. He doesn't have an e-mail address and doesn't need one. He has a joy that perhaps I'll never be able to have. He has my highest respect and I enjoy being in his presence.


- Lisa, Volunteer Programs Director