11.08.2014 -31 °F
Another day reinforcing the fact that this is where I should be. All you need to do is read about the workshop that I took. Johnny commented, that it looks like I am not in Kansas anymore, and I am not. This is WAY over the rainbow. Sure, you are all saying that this is the honeymoon period. Maybe it is, but I cannot remember the last time I felt so good about being.
One of my personal goals is to make an effort to be on time. I want to be waiting for people rather than have them wait for me. What a great goal to set in Mexico. There is no way to fail. But still, I am proud of my commitment to be ready when I say I am going to be. This morning there was a terrific thunderstorm with torrential rain (minor league compared to the storms they get in the rainy season). We were supposed to be at school by 7:45 and we got there at 8:30. To be fair, the roads were so flooded that they were impossible to pass through, so that is not the best example.
We arrived at ATS (American School of Tampico) just as people were shifting to the workshop. Everyone greeted us and steered us in the right direction. There are three, maybe four buildings – one for each school – five if you include the Language Institute. It was a cool morning, in other words, I was not dripping with sweat. We made our way to the Middle School, where I will teach starting Monday, and into a refreshing air conditioned room. I made my way around the room giving the traditional cheek hug to everyone that I had met so far, and the sat down with Sylvia and Emma. Emma is the director of the school and Sylvia teaches Spanish in the middle school. Her Ingles is a better than my Espanol, but she still had to ask me what a snowflake was. I gather that most of the Mexican teachers were students at ATS, just as two or three generations of their families were. (The school is 100 years old).
I felt like I had walked into Antioch when I saw the agenda and listened to the speaker. Because of the nature of the workshop, I met tons of people, who are used to getting a new crop of teachers every year because the contract for foreign hires is for two years. We managed to collaborate well despite the language differences.
I ended the day with a 45 minute swim and a two for the price of one taco dinner.