on my desk

Date June 5, 2008

There are lots of things that I like about teaching in Colombia.  Dark faces and hair.  Precious little accents.  Hugs in the mornings.  Kisses in the afternoons.  Open air classrooms on pretty campuses.  The challenge to learn a new language.  The chance to meet new people, to see a new world.  Learning to appreciate coffee and chocolate. 

The last two mornings I’ve come to school and found a bag stuffed full of guallabas, small red fruits that remind me of muscedines, on my desk.  They’re tart and have tiny seeds and I could eat them every one in a single sitting.  I loved the tootsie rolls and diet coke that littered my desk in Mississippi, but there’s just something precious about a child bringing in a bag of fruit that they picked just for me.  It tastes sweeter, I think.

Fruit on my desk.  Yeah, that’s another thing I like about teaching in Colombia.

4 Responses to “on my desk”

  1. Summer said:

    Sounds delicious. One thing though. I don’t think it would take me moving to Colombia to appreciate coffee and chocolate. Already got that one down. 🙂

  2. Deanna said:

    A gift is always sweeter when coming from a child!

  3. Lou said:

    The coffee and chocolate sounds WONDERFUL! But considering your weight goals and the marathon prep, that fruit sounds much better. I would love to see a picture of you and your children in class.

  4. me said:

    I would much rather get fruit than 10,000 drawings of a horse and “Mrs. McNeill is the best!” from Victoria (name not changed for privacy purposes). 🙂