Under the Chilean Moon
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This week was really slow and I will ready for the weekend
I admit I was quite lazy this week I did not make different lessons for each grade level. I usually have a different plan for the younger children, for example I will show a movie for the older kids because their comprehension is better, and for the younger kids I will show a slide show of photos with vocabulary words. This week I made a slide show (About Hobbies) and used it for all the grades. I did change some of the pictures and the vocabulary for the younger kids. One slide would have a vocabulary word and then the next slides would have a picture of the hobby. For example I would have the word Skateboarding and then the next 2 slides had pictures of Tony Hawk on the Skateboard. Then I would ask a question like, “Do you like skateboarding, have you ever skateboarded before, and do you know who the man is in the picture?” The photos were mostly of famous people in one of the pictures. Surprisingly they knew most of the famous people (some were American and others were Latin), However in the Photo for Golfing everyone thought Tiger Woods was Barrack Obama
With the vocabulary words we played Bingo, Charades, Hang Man, and the Guessing Game. All games utilized Reading, Writing, Speaking, and Memory. Of course the prize was candy. The kids seem to like it and I was ENJOYING it as well; until my last class, the 5th Graders. There are 45 of them so I had to take half of them at a time. The first group was so rowdy that I had to send them back to class early. I understand that it was Friday and they were ready to go home but so was I and I was paying attention! I told them 5 times to pay attention and I was not about to fight for attention so they were sent back to class. “OH Sorry Tia (aunt) we will pay attention. We want to learn, we will be quiet.” They pleaded. I thought, “Some people don’t believe Fat Meat is Greasy (Old southern saying).” I did not care about the sweet pleading faces they had to GO! I even walked them back to class personally.
I warned the second group if they did not pay attention they would be sent back. They were very good and everyone participated. At the end of the slide show was the Guessing Game where they had to guess what the next picture would be and say the word in English. If they said the word correctly and guessed the correct photo they would win candy. It was like being on Wall Street; hands rose yelling out the names of different photos, and the room exploded with high pitched sound of prepubescent clamor. They kept moving closer and closer to me, as if getting closer would ensure a correct answer. I had to push them back like a Lion Tamer (I wish I had a whip) and threatened to stop the game if they got out of their seats. There was one girl, Natalia, which said Golfing for every photo
After school, Marcela, Eliana, and I walked to a little restaurant and waited for Raul. He did not feel like cooking so we were eating out on this day. The place was small but nice and I told them about my day. The 5th grade is usually my best class but today they were out of control. I said, “They say when the Moon is Full, it makes people KRAZY, there must be a FULL MOON TONIGHT!!!” Eiliana said, “We have same phrase here in Chile, but for us every night is a Full Moon.” Then she laughed as if that was the funniest thing she had ever said. Her laugh is quite infectious and soon we were all laughing
On Saturday, August 8th, I was supposed to go with some students to Chillan for the afternoon. They never showed up to the house so I think they were waiting for me to call them but I did not have any of their numbers. We will reschedule next week. If I would have known what was going to happen next I would have gotten on a bus to anywhere. After a huge vegetarian Lunch of rice with peas and carrots, mashed potatoes, and a large salad of beets, avocado, celery, cabbage, cauliflower, and tomatoes I was ready to watch TV
The journalist in me could not help but run to my room and get my camera to document the moment. This sweet 62 year old lady went CHARLES MANSON on me, as if killing was not a problem for her. She even laughed and made jokes. I did not have the stomach for it so every time she killed a bird I ran to my room. I like country living but killing animals in NOT MY THANG!! If I married a farmer I would be the skinniest farmer’s wife in Chile if I had to kill anything with a heartbeat. Other Family members came over and just laughed at me for making such a big fuss over the FOOD! The saddest moments were when Ana Clara (Clarita) took 5 under developed eggs out of one of the chickens (in different stages of development) she had just killed. When they Killed Karen, one of Eliana’s hens, it was kind of sad. I had held her moments before and then she was gone. The other moment was when Clarita told me to touch one of the dead hens
Good thing it was Raul’s nephew’s birthday and I was in need of a pick-me-up. We arrive at the house and it was full of people and lots of hugs and kisses. Jano (pronounced Hah-no), the birthday boy, is one of my little friends and he comes over the house from time to time to practice English. On this day he will be turning 15. It is always fun to go to a family gathering. My favorite part of the night was when Jano’s dad gave a toast to his beautiful son. Then he tells of how proud he is to be Jano’s father and he prays to be around for many more Happy Birthdays. There was more but I could not understand it
There are a few new kids at the party and they are very slow to warm up to me. After a while they think I a funny and start to ask me about the USA and, Carolina the quietist one, even start teaching me words in Spanish. It was really fun and there was a lot of food and 2 birthday cakes. They had pork and chicken but out of respect for Karen I passed on the Chicken. After seeing death, the perfect end to a long day was to celebrate one more year of life.
Well that is all I have for today. I hope this blog finds you well and remember my friends, life is a gift, unwrap it and enjoy it as if every day were your Birthday.
NOTE: My next Blog will include movies of the Birthday Party, The Defeathering the Chickens (don't worry I don't show any chickens actually getting killed) and some other things. So I hope you are prepared to laugh a little.