Arrival on Bonaire
The air terminal was a very small building, not much bigger than a shack. Nevertheless, it had serviced the island travelers for many years before a larger terminal was built to accommodate the increase in the island's population.
After our luggage was checked through customs, a lady arranged by our work met us and crowded our family of six into her car. She took us for a ride to the top of a small mountain that overlooked the island. It was so dark that, apart from some lights from the small town below us, we could not see much else. We were exhausted and wondered why we had been delayed from getting to our new home. Later we learned that the people had not finished cleaning it. In fact, when we finally did get to the house, we saw a lady carrying a mop and bucket just getting out of the front door. Perfect timing! This was to be a temporary dwelling until our more permanent house was made ready for us. It would be fine for now, or so we thought.
Inside the house, all we found were a small table, four chairs (for six people), a few dishes and a gas stove that I did not know how to use, a cot for each of the four children and, in another room, a larger bed for us. The furnishings were primitive.
It was quite an adjustment to get used to the warm weather. We opened the louvered windows to let in some island breezes. It was a restless night. The next morning we realized that the open windows allowed more than breezes to come in. It was a terrible mistake to make. We all itched from mosquito bites!
Exhausted - Extremely tired.
Furnishings - The furniture, carpets and other decorations in a room or building.
Louvered - Describes a door or window with flat sloping pieces of wood, metal or glass across it to allow light and air to come in while keeping the rain out.