Entries from June 2008


Date June 17, 2008

Lou comments here often and asked about Pedro’s attire in yesterday’s post. So, here’s the thing. No, those aren’t the uniforms the kids here wear. Pedro was dressed for a mini production of Newsies that the fifth grade class presented. I’ve always loved Newsies and have seen it countless times. I like the history, the […]

titanic madness

Date June 16, 2008

I can’t help it.  There are kids that I just really like a lot.  Pedro is one of them.  Pedro (left in the photo) is a 5th grader which means he isn’t in my class.  Still, we interact a lot and I’m constantly impressed by his enthusiasm, his attitude, and what a leader he is […]

Ragamuffin Top Challenge 4

Date June 14, 2008

I was really excited about this week’s post because I made my very first video!  Too bad it’s still uploading and Saturday’s on its way to over.  Seeing as how I’m afraid of Carlos and all the other Ragamuffintoppers, I decided I should at least post a mini update.  Cross your fingers that I’ll figure […]

a fading year

Date June 14, 2008

It’s late on a Friday and I’m awake. Manizales is alive outside, the night just beginning. My window is open and there is a mountain breeze and music drifting through it. I can’t help but be a bit nostalgic and wonder where the days have gone. I landed in Colombia almost a year ago, excited […]

on motherhood

Date June 13, 2008

I had to ask permission first.  Now that this mother and friend that I love so but shall forever remain nameless has given said permission, you’ve just GOTTA read some excerpts from the letter that she sent me.  There are those women who don’t gain a pound and never look like they even think about […]

mad libs

Date June 12, 2008

I got a package in the mail today. Y’all know I love mail.  It was full of starbursts, skittles, suckers, pictures and a letter from a friend who describes motherhood just beautifully.  And then there were puzzles for my students.  Crosswords.  Sudoku.  Word Games and Mad Libs.  The mad libs were a huge hit and a great […]

i couldn’t make this up

Date June 12, 2008

Juan Miguel sneaks up behind me and gives me a backwards hug. “Heya, kiddo.” “Alo, Mees.  You are nice.  No.  You look nice.” “Well, thanks, Juanmi.  You look nice, too, but you sure are dirty.” “Yes, Mees.  I was in futbol.  You look cool.  No.  You are cool.  Always cool.” “Really?  Thanks, Juanmi.  I think […]

seven days more

Date June 11, 2008

Luis Miguel just walked up to me.  He looked at me sweetly and motioned with his finger for me to bend down, as though he had a secret.  I obliged and he wrapped his hand around my neck, pulled me closer and kissed me on the cheek with a loud shhmack sound.  I was still […]

no words

Date June 10, 2008

Sometimes I sit down to write and the words come easily. I’m not sure where their origin is or how they find their way behind that flashing black line on my computer screen, but they do. They find their way there and they stay for a while. Until I read them and change them into […]

coffee and orchids

Date June 9, 2008

I spent all day Saturday in Chinchina, a small town between Manizales and warmer, at a coffee farm owned by one of the families from school. I’m always amazed by the hospitality of these people and do my best to be sociable when I’m offered an invitation. I admit that sometimes I let the day […]