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Published: February 25th 2013
"Hey don't call me Hey, call me Eric"
This past week my "Maame (Mommy) Instincts" kicked in and my photography skills (with the help of instagram). As everyone says, pictures say a thousand words... so while I tried to write captions under all of the pictures, use your imagination, because trust me, the week was not only of smiles, there were tears and upset faces all around because that's exactly what all maames see on a daily basis.
So I'll just do a quick recap to let you get straight to the photos:
1. I failed at teaching my first English class...structure of the classroom is not the same. While I wanted to me more interactive with the class, I was interrupted by the teacher to just read from the book, word for word...After that first attempt, I just continued to observe from my seat in the corner.
2. I began to respond to the word "Maame", by the little kindergarteners to the house helper, Kwasi... Apparently I started having a lot of children since I was 4 years old. I was also told that I am 25-30 years old, was the guess of Kwasi and Kobe 2... When I told them that I was 20,
Whose name is actually Bernard...but pronounced "Bennet"
their eyes literally popped out of their heads. On the other hand, when the older students at the school I teach at found out I was 20 they were shocked, because they thought I was younger, one student thought I was 18, (while others did think I was older..But just didn't mention it, but I could see it on their facial expression.).
3. I actually laughed, like genuine, from the belly laugh, at the fact that students were getting caned...which caught me off guard, but, the teachers and the students were both laughing at the act of being caned, that somehow it became a sitcom. Watching the older kids, stand up, trying to run away, but laughing and trying to point out that I was there and that I shouldn't have to see them get caned...and all the teacher did was laugh and go after them. It was like a Tom and Jerry's television episode, is how I play it over in my head.
4. I was invited to the beach, twice, two different occasions during this weekend, but instead of going, I stayed home. I was exhausted...another effect of motherhood, is what I decided. As the lights
were barely on this weekend, life was just sucked out of me even more as it was too hot to even think about going into a packed tro-tro, to get to a sunny beach, even if the breeze would be cooler.
5. And then I ended up babysitting the children the entire weekend, which was fun as usual because as we all know I love kids, but man... being a mother is hard.
So with that said, I now realize that I am really really part of the family because Sunday evening while I was trying to take a nap... I know, I'm old... Pidikki came over to the window and called for me, as I answered she told me that her mother wanted Panno and Kobe 1 to take a bath but they wouldn't go, so she wanted me to go tell them. (Oh! And before I forget, Pidikki was Bad A**, but seriously, this girl ate the entire chicken drumstick bone like a chip! It was insane, you had to be there)
Anyways, lesson learned, sometimes you just have to follow your Maame instincts to gain authority, respect, and love from the children around you,
Reading as a Class
This is Jane.
This is an Apple.
Jane has an Apple....
where ever you are.
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