Yesterday the women working in the kitchen pulled me aside and asked if I had heard the news.
“What news?”, I asked.
“You didn’t see the news on television last night?”, they asked in Spanish.
I had to admit I was surprised to hear the cooks taking a break from their gossiping and flirting to discuss current events. Now I consider myself a news junkie but I don’t watch the Nicaraguan news. So I began thinking about Syrian riots and congressional sex scandals and illegal Nicaraguan presidential campaigns. Perhaps I underestimated my fellow coworkers.
“What did I miss?”, I asked.
“You need to be careful when you go out at night,” they said.
That’s not news, I thought.
“People have been seeing a woman who attacks children then turns into a monkey and escapes into the trees!”, they said. “A witch! My neighbor saw her and it was on channel 2 last night!”
“Uh huh.” I stared blankly at them, not sure whether to laugh or cry.
“True! She only comes out at night. She already skinned and ate two children from Pancasan neighborhood! You aren’t afraid when you go out at night?”