This week, the Lord blessed us with some very sweet kids. They were very respectful and thoughtful.
In our “Cookie” class, we review old material of “I like to eat ________.” Then, we introduce American Christmas foods, showing pictures with the vocabulary. At the end of class, we show them how to decorate a sugar cookie, and then the teacher eats it. Usually, the kids come unglued wanting to eat a cookie as well. These kids were so respectful, they just accepted it; though they did have some “puppy eyes.” Teacher Sanna offered some to Teacher Jo, and instead of being jealous, the kids asked “what about Teacher Bob.” We do the same scenario every week, and this is the first time the children have responded with “what about the teacher?” instead of “no! I want one!” So amazing! They earned extra icing and sprinkles.
Many of the children got sick this week, and 6 children were so sick they were sent home. I am told this is quite normal this time of year. About half of the children wore masks, and a few of the teachers got sick as well. Here, it is quite typical for a child to be put in seclusion until their parents come. This is really a very wise thing, seeing that there are so many people in a small place, so germs pass quickly. However, I was floored that the sick children were set at a table to wait for 2 hours with nothing to do. It was fun to find toys they could play with or pictures they could color, and the teachers really appreciated it. Before long, the sick table moved to the empty desk beside me. The Lord kept me well. I got tired and fought a cold, but I did not get a flu. Praise the Lord!
One day I was feeling especially discouraged. The kids did not know it, but they are so sweet anyway. I got more compliments that day. “Teacher Bob is beautiful.” “Teacher Bob, thanks play me.” “Teacher Bob, your hair is good.” “Teacher Bob, I love you!” The Lord gave me more doses of love than I would have dreamed of. What a blessing. Thank you Lord!
We do not have any more camps until next semester, just office weeks. Well, I take that back; we have one camp, but it is a three day camp that we travel to, so it is totally different. -More on that when it comes.
This weekend, for New Year’s Eve, a team mate and I awoke late feeling lazy, so we enjoyed a day of fellowship, food, and good movies. I learned a lot from the movies we watched, and it was nice to take a day off to truly relax. The American food was delicious; I’m sure we’ll make it again. We even went to bed early. I’ve seen enough New Years come in.