There were so many sweet intersections that occurred between my ordinary world back home and the crazy-cool events of the day. I am always in awe when things align the way they do…not really even surprised by it too much anymore. I have figured that this is just the way God likes to work, huh?
Event #1 – Teacher Seminar. This is what I am trained to do…paid to do in real life. And then I get to share a little of my thinking here with teachers that are eager to learn, willing to collaborate, think and consider ways to apply the ideas in their classrooms.
Event #2 – FaceTime Conversation. My friend Amy and her boy Gefte were able to connect today with his father and brother here in Haiti. There was a whole mess of emotions with that chat. The awesomeness of being able to have technology to create this moment, the heartbreak of what it means to relinquish parental rights under very difficult circumstances, the joy in seeing family – Gefte’s smile and “love you dude” to his brother…wow. The complexities of having families in two places and making the most of it all. Hmmm.
Event #3 – The Parental Presentation. The teachers toasted our team with a grand gesture of thanks – cake and champagne. There was gratitude shown to our parents for sharing Lori and me with them here in Haiti. So humbled. So honored. And then there was that fantastic pop of champagne that hit the ceiling! Good times.
Event #4 – Neighborhood walk. I love a good “drop-in visitor” that is willing to show up when I may still be in my jammies. In fact, I have a pal that has been known to show up with her own coffee and hop right into my bed if I still happen to be there! Not everyone feels that way – most prefer to tidy up and prepare for their guests. Well, today we found a few friends in the neighborhood that welcomed us into their homes unannounced with open arms – hugs and I love yous and thank yous as well. We were allowed to drop in. We returned to the home of Sebastien and were greeted with a “Bonswa Madam Sara!” We visited Bradley and his cousin Richardson – we met Samuel and Nolbi’s family. And as we walked through the neigborhood, more and more friends joined us. By the time we returned to the school, we had enough pals for some serious soccer action. Such a perfect way to spend a Saturday!
Event #5 – Pizza and football-very common in my household. So, following a very full day that included much painting, tidying up, computer prep, shelf building and plumbing, the team enjoyed a completely chill evening with conversation, dinner and the Patriots vs. Chiefs game on the big screen at Pizza Amore. Such a gift. Bon Nwit!