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Published: April 19th 2009
Well, I am reaching the end of this adventure. My answer to that commonly asked question (how do you feel?) is the following: I feel content. Content because I love this place and these people and I know I will always come back, hey, maybe even come back to do this job again sometime, when I need a change of pace! Content because I am excited to see all my family and friends again. Content because I will be on to my next exciting adventure in June: as a fourth grade bilingual teacher in Denver, with the guidance of Teach For America! Content because, looking back, these 9 (soon to be 10) months were so full of life and learning and amazing experiences and relaxation. I feel very rejuvenated, very much myself again, especially after that very stressful senior year at college.
Obviously, I will cry when I say goodbye to Dorita, to her family that has been my family here, but those tears are natural between family. Much like the tears I shed at the security line after hugging Mom goodbye way back in July 08. When you know your life is about to change drastically, when you know
you will be physically distanced from your loved ones, you cry in spite of it all, and it finally sinks in...
My trip to El Salvador was amazing and eye opening. Even the people on the delegation were a real joy to meet. Read more about my experience in this Op Ed I wrote from El Salvador:
Unfortunately, I got in a car accident on my way home (got a ride home from the ferry and the trucks' wheels got to close to the edge of the road, and flipped the truck on its side - and the 100 bags of flour that it was carrying!). Fortunately, I escaped with only a sore shoulder!
Aside from that, it has been nice to be "home" and really get back to normal, get hired for a teaching position (yay!) and have time to relax, sit in rocking chairs and chat with Dorita and Estela in the office. We celebrated holy week here last week, and 21 relatives came to stay at Dorita's! Holy Week is code for "going to the beach like its your job". So I went twice, and the other days we worked quite a bit
Extra Edad Program
These are kids at the local elementary that BOSIA supports with school supplies, uniforms, shoes, and graduation costs. I got to help hand out their new stuff this year :)
because the students are home from the universities and we had to meet with each of the BOSIA scholarship committees and students. Other than that, we have been busy at work planning for a Special Needs Conference where we are inviting 152 children with Down Sindrome, Developmental problems, Blind, Deaf, and Learning Difficulties. Nine people are coming down from Bainbridge Island to participate as well, so it should be really amazing (I'll try to ignore the stress of all the details, "Its not the end of the world, Maggie") to see it all come together on Saturday, April 25!
Well enjoy the photos, and I would really love to hear from any and all of you - how's life treating you? have you enjoyed my blogs? what's surprised you the most?
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