14.02.2010 86 °F
Feliz dia de San Valentin!
So as I was sitting here on day usually reserved for the gushing of couples or the distain of the solitary populace or play the aloofness of someone who hardly notices it’s a day to celebrate…..I was wondering which box I should stew in this year.
But I got caught up in my pictures from our event at school and forgot to assign myself an emotion. As I was looking at these pictures, the overwhelming reality of the end descended. Now, I know it is not helpful to look at the end of things but to be in the moment so as not to sacrifice any energy in premature ramblings. How am I going to say goodbye? How am I going to leave? It must be done and the day will come…but for right now, I’m just going to count my blessings. So it’s time for another top 10 list in no particular order except for number 1.
10. Bunnies. There is a little village of bunnies living behind our house. And a couple days ago, I said to Yara, “Let’s go catch one.” So we went and caught a perfect, fluffy white bunny. (I screamed and worked up a sweat running around like a banshee, and eventually received the help of a native who wondered what the crazy gringa was doing)
9. Lunch. The teachers (and student body in general) are not happy with our ‘snack stand’. But there is a mother who takes our orders and brings us great food everyday. So for about 75 cents I get a baleada with avocado or chicken. Que Rico!
8. iTunes. I recently purchased some happening tunes with my gift card from my Daddy. Including a great Irish pub song. A nice way to ease into my cold shower every morning.
7. Visitors. My mom and brother are coming at the end of March! I’m so excited! They’ll have a few days to see me working at the school then we’re off for a fabulous vacation to Roatan! The “Jewel of the Bay Islands.” (I’m just really excited to see my brother with the girls….I’m going to make them give him a hard time.)
6. Definitions. I’ve been accumulating another list of fantastic definitions to post on here….but I can’t wait for this one. One of my fourth graders, Leonardo, has an absolutely tragic, infallible, relentless crush on one of the girls on my class. A love he has harbored since preschool. Here was the definition.
Attractive: Pleasing. Beautiful. Natalie.
5. Boots. We had a lot of rain the other day. I walked to school in my flip flops then spilled mustard all over my shirt. So I went home to change at lunch and decided to swap my flip flops for the giant industrial sized green rain boots. I left my flip flops at home and then taught the rest of the day in these gigantic ugly boots. I think I should wear them more often, I think they gave me super powers in the classroom. But then I went to tutoring and scared the crap out of Naomi. She cried whenever I got near her….ok, it was a little funny.
4. Neighbors. So we’re pretty good friends with our neighbors across the way, Sharon, Carlos and their son, Arturo. Yara and I went over and hung out for a bit and at one point Carlos turned on the song, “If you’re happy and you know it…” for Arturo. Needless to say I gave that boy a show of a lifetime.
3. Literature. The Hunger Games. If you have an even passing fancy in Young Adult Literature pick this up, read it. My 6th graders are rabid for it. The parents of one of my poorer students asked me to give him extra tutoring to help improve his English. This kid gets excited over very few things but he is riveted for the next installment of “The Tell Tale Heart” by Poe. And I am reading “Fried Green Tomatoes and the Whistle Stop Café.” Boy, do I love a good Southern novel, talk about comfort food.
2. Giant Mutant Moths That Look Like Bats. Two sightings. One flew into 5th grade the other day when the window was open. Pandemonium ensued. Then I was sitting outside with Yara during a kind of down day. Next thing I know a giant gray thing flaps and whizzes past our faces. We screamed like girls and ran away.
1. Aylin. A little back story. Aylin, a girl from the home, has been one of my problem students since day one. Both of us vying for the power in the classroom. Since I met this girl, I loved her. I fell hard. But we’ve never gotten along. After about two months into the school year things mellowed and we made our peace. Then on our last day before Christmas break, she was in one of her moods and I told her to go to the principal’s office. She didn’t say goodbye to me before I went home. Thoughts of her haunted me when I was at home. And she still wasn’t talking to me when I got back, I had hoped that time would make her forget. Nope. But then one day she really changed her attitude. And now we are as right as rain, she’s still a pain sometimes but I FREAKING LOVE THIS GIRL. Now, the story. Bare with me. Valentine’s Day. Friday—our celebration at school. At the beginning of class, Aylin gave me a beautiful hand made card. And in English, it said beautiful things, broke my bloody heart. Then the class was working on a reading assignment. They had to draw a picture and this kid (I know this is terrible, but he rubs me the wrong way) who is really aggressive and mean tells Aylin her picture is ugly and smacks her. Now she probably did something to aggravate him too, and then she pushed him and his desk over. Chaos was beginning to reign in the class already anyway, so I told everyone to go outside for the last 10 minutes of class and shake off some of their energy. I look back to make sure everyone was outside but Aylin was sitting in her desk crying. Now, she is never one to show vulnerability so I tried to ease into this. I sat down and asked her if she wanted to talk. She said no. Now, I’m not great with emotional moments like this, so I just offered her what I’d want. I said, “Well, I’ll be outside, if you want to talk. Take your time, you can stay up here.” I sent one of the older girls from the home in to talk to her, hoping that if she wouldn’t talk to me that she’d talk to her. Later in the day, another fourth grader handed me a piece of red paper and said, “This is from Aylin.”
It said. In Spanish (which is a significant thing to me, it meant that she couldn’t say what she wanted in English)
Para: Miss Emely
Feliz dia de Valentin Miss, que la pase de maravilla. Quidese muchisimo. Gracias por su amor. Gracias por todo. Que Dios la bendiga y mucho por que usted es una buena persona.
It basically says: Happy Valentine’s day, I hope it’s a great one. Thank you for your love, thank you for everything. May God bless you and more because you are a great person.
Yeah. I’ll take this over a note from a boy any day. Best Valentine I’ve ever gotten.
Now here are some pics from our event at school.