-Footprints in the Sand-

-Footprints in the Sand-

One night a man had a dream. He dreamed he was walking along the beach with the LORD.

Across the sky flashed scenes from his life. For each scene he noticed two sets offootprints in the sand: one belonging to him, and the other to the LORD.

When the last scene of his life flashed before him, he looked back at the footprints in the sand.

He noticed that many times along the path of his life there was only one set of footprints.

He also noticed that it happened at the very lowest and saddest times in his life.

This really troubled him and he questioned the LORD about it:

"LORD, you said that once I decided to follow you, you'd walk with me all the way. But I have noticed that during the most troublesome times in my life, there is only one set of footprints. I don't understand why when I needed you most you would leave me."

The LORD replied:

"My son, my precious child, I love you and I would never leave you. During your times of trial and suffering, when you see only one set of footprints, it was then that I carried you."

Monday, December 10, 2012

Hi, My Name is Walter

Today has been so full of different emotions, I don't know what my body wants me to feel right now.  I printed off the last alphabet worksheets ever.  Here.  In Mexico.  For some reason I feel like it went by too fast, but when I think about it; I feel like I have done so much, and feels like I have been here years.  It either went by fast, or slow right?   But my mind is telling me that both have happened all at the same time, and I have a hard time grasping the concept of everything right now.  I will be home in 10 days.  Panic mode is just starting.

Today I feel like I did so much, and am exhausted by all of it.  It actually started at 4 o'clock this morning when I was awoken by horrible dreams.  One had to do with old women in their underwear...on a bridge.  Not a regular bridge, but one of those wooden, swingy bridges that lets you go from one side of a mountain to another.  I don't know why my mind chooses crazy, super random things to dream of at night, but sometimes I wish that it would just rest in peace.  Half naked, elderly women was not how I wanted to start my day!

After I finally got a few hours of shut eye, I went to the school to clean.  I cleaned the kitchen cabinets, and disinfected the cupboards.  By the time I finished I had to go to the grocery store to get things for my lesson.  I made yogurt parfaits with the children, and they liked them!  I am loving this whole, "teaching English while cooking," tidbit.  I don't like it, I LOVE it! (as the kids would say :)

I took a break from the cleaning to check my e-mail, and I got an message from Argentina.  (Probably the highlight of every Monday)  But he told me a story of how he saw an elderly woman get trapped by a bus door, and how she was hitting the bus with her cane to get the bus to stop.  Poor woman.  I may have chuckled at my mental image, not gonna lie, but she did survive, no worries.  :)  Not sure what it is with old women today, but they sure are making an appearance!

Before I knew it, it was time to teach, and I was ready!  Except for the fact that parents could come in and watch today...uh oh.  This was kinda stressful, won't lie about that either.  It all worked out in the midst of craziness between moving from this room to that one, and forgetting my charts, and my token bag...but we all survived!!

In my BR class (no parents watching this class) we went over the letter W, and I had the kids name off some words they knew that started with that letter.  Well as I was going around the room, I get to Marco (definitely one of the brightest children I have met) and he says, "Hello, teacher Sophia Banuelos my name is Walter."  I burst out laughing, and before you know it, the whole class is laughing.  :P  I called him Walter throughout the remaining class time, and he just giggled, and giggled every time I did.  I will miss those children's laughter that is for sure!

In my last class of the day, as mentioned I forgot my token chart in another room, and I was kinda panicky because the parents were watching this time.  Well, I had to go get it, I kinda had no choice so I said, "I am going to go get the token chart, I will be back in 5 seconds!"  Then they started counting as I ran out of the room, and grabbed my chart.  When I came back they were like, "Teacher, you took 17 seconds!"  :P

My conclusions for the day:  My crazy, super random, clean, hilarious, laughter filled life is good, and boy will I miss it when I leave...

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