Are children the same the world over? Discuss.

Trip Start Jul 30, 2007
Trip End Oct 28, 2007

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Wednesday, September 5, 2007

One thing that strikes me about children here compared to those from home. In some ways they are so similar- for example give them lego bricks or the like, they will build a gun and try to shoot you or burst into tears if some big footed foreigner accidently steps on their hard worked cration. But at the same time, they are so different. Today the preschoolers, who lets remember are just 4, started protesting when they were told 'ok class. You have worked hard enough so go outside and play." They all wanted to stay in doors and work from their workbooks. As someone who has been working with kids for nigh on 5 years and had never seen this before, I was astounded!

And good news and it shows the power of prayer. Barnuka, who was a terror of the highest order yesterday, was quiet as a mouse today and got on with his work like a trooper. The one blip on his record being after class he decided it would be fun to beat the suduncle (me) with his water bottle but I can forgive him that!

The afternoon class was hard today because it was raining all afternoon. Wednesday they don;t have classes. It is their creative day and because they were st uck inside they got a bit roudy. They were told to draw a happy memory. I tried to draw, then remembered when i had drawn a michey mouse that would have had walt turning in his grave and disney suing for damages that i can't draw. So i went and taught another child to sing glory glory man utd. Soon I will have enough to start an official fan club in Sri Lanka!

And i also found 2 grey hairs today. Well the kids found them when i sat down on a step. With my 25 birthday approaching faster than a speeding bullet, my self confidence was already low when 2 of the staff came over and said- mark is an old man..
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