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Once upon a time, in Valdivia – a remote river-town in southern Chile, there lived a man called Arturo. He was in his eighties, had been married to Elsa for nearly sixty years, and considered himself a simple riverboat man whose job it was to ferryMoreOnce upon a time, in Valdivia – a remote river-town in southern Chile, there lived a man called Arturo. He was in his eighties, had been married to Elsa for nearly sixty years, and considered himself a simple riverboat man whose job it was to ferry people back and forth across the river. At one time his life had been simple, ordinary and conventional, and all his days predictable. He rowed to work in the early morning, he rowed back in the evening, and if it rained, and it rained a lot, he stayed home. At home he played chess, rested, visited with friends and neighbors, and listened to soccer games on the radio. His life, wife, and work gave him little if anything to worry about. It was a peaceful existence, quiet and serene, and he liked it that way.Nowadays, all that was in the past. His life had changed starting the minute he found a penguin in the water, by accident. Since he couldn’t get rid of the penguin, he named him Cuco, and somehow or another, they became friends. What he didn’t know at the time was that with Cuco came change. Constant change. “A whirlwind of changes,” according to Arturo, and changes that kept coming one after the other like an endless daisy chain. In a few short years, and mostly due to Cuco, he became celebrated, famous, and regarded as a leader in the community of vendors and fisherman along the waterfront. At present, he was also a successful fly-fishing guide, with a new boat, and in the last two months, of all things, he had adopted an eight year old girl. Her name was Pia, and he figured it was a good thing he’d been getting lots of practice with penguin generated changes- it more or less got him prepared for girl generated changes, and, as he was about to find out, that was a whole different kettle of fish.