There are things that we’ve heard probably all of our lives:
A penny saved is a penny earned.
A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush.
Never look a gift horse in the mouth.
Things like that. However, while I was walking the streets of Guatemala, I had one of those sayings come to life – Let sleeping dogs lie!
I can honestly say that I wish that it had been the penny saved is a penny earned, though it would have to be a centavo. 🙂
One morning, I was out walking along the streets, camera in hand, nothing unusual. During our stay, Kayla noticed how many stray dogs there were. They are a common sight in the streets. They weave in and out among the people, looking for scraps to eat here and there. In the wee hours of the morning, like 6:00 AM, when I was walking the streets of Antigua, most of the dogs were lying about on sidewalks sleeping.
I came upon three such dogs and thought: Hmmm, that would be a nice shot. All three were laid out along the sidewalk, snoozing. I walked a bit closer, started framing up a shot, when suddenly the 3 of them leapt to their feet, started snarling and growling and walking in my direction. They looked like they meant business! I started walking back slowly, slowly, remaining crouched, low, unthreatening, and saying: Tranquilo, amigos. I didn’t want to try “calmase” because it was too close to “callate” – one means calm yourself, the other, shut up! I didn’t want to mispronounce anything and get them even more upset! 🙂
After I got back past the middle of the street, they backed off and went back to the sidewalk. I made a beeline out of there and ceased to disturb them any longer. I did not get the picture, but they didn’t get to bite me! Fair trade for me! You’ll have to just settle for this peacefully sleeping fella that continued to sleep as I took the picture and walked on, unmolested and unbitten.