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So many adventures . . . so little time left!

I’m tired! It’s been a bit of craziness around here. This is the last week of school – which is actually extremely saddening when I think of the fact that some of these kids, if not all of them, I will never see again after 4 days. I love them so much!! But, at the same time, who isn’t excited for summer? So . . . I have a feeling this will be one of those weeks where my heart gets stretched in all directions and I don’t really know what to do. But . . . the end will come and go, and new beginnings will start, and there’s not a whole lot I can do other than just enjoy the ride!

This last week was quite exciting in several different ways. We had company on Thursday night – the first night in months that our power decided to go out. Thank heavens for candles and a big street window!

On Friday I went go-karting for the first time. One word . . . AWESOME!! I loved it!

Saturday was, quite thankfully, a relaxing day. I worked on plans for our summer English camp in Senegal that is approaching VERY QUICKLY, went on a walk with my awesome husband, got an ice cream cone, and then another because there was some kind of deal going on – so proceeded to walk around the park eating one and having one melt in my other hand. (They were packaged, so I did take it home and put it in the freezer. And I withheld it from Jeremy because he is allergic to milk. So take back all of those bad thoughts, please!) We also had some pretty good pizza calzones for dinner and watched Sherlock Holmes 2. Perhaps I’ll do a write up about it soon, but it’ll suffice for now to say – I really liked it. It was way better than the first Sherlock Holmes!!

Sunday was busy, but good. We had our end of the year program for the Kindergarten at school. The Kindergarten has about 94 students or so, so it was a big deal. All of the students sang songs, participated in folk dance, modern dance, or ballet, and were part of an English skit and dance from some country in the world. My kids were from South Africa. 1. They were adorable. 2. They did awesome! I was so proud of them. I just stood behind the curtain with my stomach turning and my face smiling as I watched them perform their lines beautifully and then do their dance. It was great! I was so happy for them. Then, we also went to church on Sunday, but left fairly quickly to get home for our apartment complex “Say Hello to Summer” party. It was a great family party with food, games, clowns, live music, and fireworks. There was a particularly moving dance between one of the clowns and a security guard, and I couldn’t help but laugh when Jeremy’s friends pulled him into the middle of the dancing! Haha. It was great. It was super fun to just go out and see all of the other people who live near us, and we know a few of them from either school or sports.

It was a good start to summer – but one more week of school to go until that is official! Hope you’re all enjoying your start to summer! Let me know what your biggest plans are! Ours are Africa – PA – NC – SC – OH – CO – Istanbul, in roughly that order.  🙂 Have a wonderful week! Try to enjoy both the ends and the beginnings, and don’t forget to be where you are right now!!

Happy Mother’s Day

I love all of my students. They are hilarious. But, this was one of my top stories from the week. (I’m using pseudonyms to protect . . . all of us.)

We were filming clips of each student saying “I love you, Mommy. Happy Mother’s Day!” (in Turkish.) Once they finished saying that, they were supposed to blow a kiss. Most of the kids got it down pretty well. Then, it was Brady’s turn. He got up, repeated after my assistant perfectly, and blew a beautiful kiss. But that was practice. Then, the girl started the camera, and the assistant cued Brady, and we got . . . “huh?”

We giggled, and tried to explain again that he should repeat “I love you, Mommy. Happy Mother’s Day!” He practiced again, perfectly. Blew the kiss. Started the camera . . . “huh?”

Okay, Brady, when the camera makes the beep, you are going to say “I love you, Mommy. Happy Mother’s Day!” Okay. Beep. “Huh?”

By this time, the rest of the classroom was laughing pretty hard, because honestly, it was just funny. I think there may have been one more “huh?” take before we got a good one.

But what topped it all was that today, the moms came to school. The kids gave them gifts. The kids were all supposed to say “I love you, Mommy. Happy Mother’s Day!”

Brady walks over to his mom, looks at the assistant, she prompts him, and he says, “huh?”

I love kindergarten.

Portakal ne demek?

So, this is just a quick story tonight. Perhaps you will brand me the meanest teacher ever, but I thought this was absolutely hilarious. A little while back, one of my students was sitting at snack time deep in thought. The next thing I know, he is asking one of the Turkish teachers that was sitting nearby what the English word for “orange” was. It is hard to communicate this scenario without using Turkish, so I’ll try.

kid: Demet, portakal Ingilizce ne demek? (What is orange in English?)
teacher: Orange.
kid: Hayir. Renk biliyorum. Portakal ne demek? (No, I know the color. What is orange in English?)
teacher: It’s orange.
kid: HAYIR! Renk BILIYORUM. (turning to me) Teacher, portakal Ingilizce ne demek? (What is orange in English?)
me: Orange.

Oh goodness, this is where I lost it. He was really about to cry, welling up and all. I tried to explain that the fruit and the color were the same, and finally the other teacher told him all in Turkish that the word for the color was the same word as the word for the fruit. I had never thought through the second language difficulties of “orange” before. At least the poor kid has no doubt today what the color or the fruit is called.