This week marks the last exams of the last trimester. Which means this is almost all over! This is by far the most bittersweet feeling of my life. On the one hand, I am completely overjoyed to smother my family with hugs and kisses, but on the other hand I could cry right now just thinking about not seeing my girls every day.
My friend told me recently, "What we start we must end." It's a short and sweet phrase, but it encompasses the hard truth. I have to go home. I can't stay here forever. Although as cheesy as it sounds, I hope part of me stays here with the girls. I hope they don't forget me, and I hope they remember the life lessons I taught them.
The good news is, is that I still have 2 1/2 weeks left with some of my girls, 3 1/2 weeks with the rest of them. So before I get my keyboard wet with tears, let me fill you in on the stories and adventures from the past couple weeks.
About 2 weeks ago for a gym class Matt and I took the girls to a soccer field at the farm. Usually we play at a local basketball court that we have to share with local, loud, hair-filled-with-a-bucket-of-gel teenage boys who - I swear to God - live to annoy me. In short, I was happy to go somewhere where we could have a gym class with just our class. We played capture the flag which - much to Matt's surprise - I have never played before. The girls absolutely loved it. Actually, the ones that didn't fall down and scrap their knees loved it.
In other news, we have also recently been turning the school into a small zoo. We have now collected 2 giant dead snakes (a boa constrictor and a king snake), a live turtle that contrary to popular belief moves pretty quickly, and a fairly large elephant beetle that lives in the mango tree. If you don't know what that last creature is, try to think of that part in the Lion King where Pumba is trying to catch a blue beetle and just as it flies away, Nala leaps out at Pumba. That blue beetle is what an elephant beetle is, minus the blue color and the animation. Though I'm not too sure how much longer it's going to be living for how many times the girls pick it up, scream, and then drop the poor thing.
Speaking of the Lion King, a couple weeks ago Matt, Alex and I borrowed the projector from the school, moved all of our living room furniture, and projected the Lion King on our wall. As a courtesy to Alex and Matt, I didn't belt out the lyrics to every song, but for the record it took every ounce of me not to.
Today was also a filled with fun moments. During my Social Studies lesson, we were talking about people with high education who can know how to build things such as as calculators and iPods. My student, Rosa, raised her hand and said, "I know someone who is more intelligent that the person who invented the calculator." I asked her who and she said, "The person who invented white-out." For the record she also commented on the intelligence of the white-out inventor a couple months ago. Out of all the things in this world, white-out is the one she's the most fascinated with. Unbelievable.
Also today I had a sexual education class. Right now I am teaching them about self-esteem and how they can improve theirs. So today - as an activity to boost their self-confidence and life their spirits - I had them write a praiseworthy note to everyone in their class and stick them in an envelope with their names on it. I accidentally gave them an extra piece of paper, but instead of giving it back to me, they all wrote me a note. One of my students (my white-out girl, Rosa) even made me my own envelope to put them in. She sealed it shut and told me I can't open it until I'm on the plane in November. I don't know if their spirits were lifted by the exercise, but mine sure was.
Did I mention it's going to be hard to leave them?