Portsmouth, Dominica Wednesday, October 1, 2008
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Your Students It is definitely a little weird seeing the picture with the caption of 'my students.' It is a little hard to think of you having students?!?!?!
Keep it Coming Cool post, Steve. It's nice to see a 'close-up' of your students. I haven't had a chance to go on any 'spirit walks' lately, but as soon as I do, I'll post a comment and a pic.
How do you say 'Later, dude.' in Creole?
YOUR STUDENTS STEVE THAT WAS GREAT TO SEE ALL THE SHOTS OF YOUR STUDENTS AND THE CLASS ROOM. IT GIVES US A GREAT SITE INTO WHAT IT IS YOU ARE DOING AND YOUR ISLAND. I ALSO THINK THAT MITZY IS VERY CUTE AND I AM SURE SHE CAN'T WAIT FOR YOU TO FINISH YOUR LUNCH. KEEP US POSTED ON WHATS NEW AND STAY SAFE.
CHAMP AND JON
The week of September 29, 2008 I sought my soul, but my soul I could not see.
I sought my God, but my God eluded me.
I sought myself and then I found all three.
I just ended a week full of humidity. But I have to say I think my body is getting use to the weather here. This island has an average of three hundred inches of rain each year. But the greenery and landscape in beyond words.
Our school went on a field trip this last Friday to the Carbits National Park. I have hiked there twice before on my own and it is a site to be seen. The views, trails, and landscape are just beautiful and something to enjoy. It was a little hard to enjoy with forty sixteen year olds to keep an eye on. LOL But all in all they were good kids.
We had our first PTA meeting of the year on Thursday evening. The turn out was more than I expected. I was able to meet some of the students I am teaching and tying to understand. I could not understand why some off the students could not read or write at sixteen years of age. But after understanding there were some parents that could not either, it made since. I am truly finding my way but at times it is not easy. I still get homesick but skype.com has been a blessing beyond words. I am able to talk and see my family and friends, which is a great comfort.
We only have four weeks to go before Independence Day, which is November 3, 2008. Dominica is celebrating their 30th year as a sovereign nation. The people of Dominica are very patriotic and full of pride in their country! The planning has already started and I am looking forward to being a part of it.
I will take as many pictures of the events as possible.
Next week I start to volunteer in Roseau at a mentality impaired school for the young on Tuesday. I am looking forward to the experience.
Hurrican Omara I just lived though my first hurricane. Hurricane Omara started about two day's ago and came on fast. The Caribbean Islands were not expecting this one. My God the rain, wind and thunder were something to experience. I had no idea that rain could come down like that. The thunder was so loud; there were times you had to cover your ears. A site to be seen! All the roads to Roseau have been wash out and in some places they are completely gone! Even here in Portsmouth there is heave damage to all the homes close by the sea. The waves were 15 to 20 feet high. The entire island of Dominica came to a stand still. Now the clean up work starts and there is a lot to do. We have closed all the school until we can clean up the streets. So today I am going down to the main part of town and help as best as I can. Yesterday I went down to the seashore to look at the damage and the entire population of Portsmouth was there as well. I feel sorry for the people whose homes were damage. They have so little to begin with and now something like this. How they coup with all that they do with very little money and hope then a hurricane like this just give them more to deal with. There faith in God is something to see and be around. We Americans could learn so much from them.
I am getting into this teaching job. And have to say so myself, doing a pretty good job at it. It was hard at first understand the kid's. But slowly I am beginning to understand their language. I am getting to know some of them personally and that help's me with my own homesickness! They can get on your nerves but all in all they are good kids. LOL There is one I am trying to help out and his name is Wesley, if you can believe that. Just a nice, hardworking kid who just needs a push. Not easy but the more I am around the kids the more I am caring about them. These kids's come from such poverty, never mind the home life with so little love and support. They have so little hope and they do not understand what it is to dream better things for themselves. I never understood until now how much God has given me! Something I will never take for granted again. On the out side I may be getting older, with a lot more gray hair. But I have to say this place is helping my heart to feel alive and young. I am having a hard time> sometimes and other times it is such a blessing I am here!
Night out on the town Just because I am hurting
Doesn't mean I am hurt
I will always stay alert
Every river I have tried to cross
Or every door I open, are not a total loss
I will take control no matter what the cost
I am just a little fish
In a sea which is so large
With such a big wish
I'll let God be in charge
I went downtown last night too meet some Ross medical students I had meet earlier in the week. It is the first time I have been out at night since I arrived on Dominica. It was so enjoyable just to be around other Americans. We had some appetizers, beers and conversation. All I can say is it was just what I needed.
Grow up Steve and have an open mind! In the bulb there is a flower; in the seed, an oak tree;
In cocoons, a hidden promise: butterflies will soon be free!
In the cold and snow of winter there's a spring that waits to be,
Unrevealed until its season, something God alone can see.
We all can learn from each other. Even when you don't see eye to eye with a fellow human. It is a time when you have to put your personal emotions/opinions to the side. This is a time for me. Most of you have no idea what I am talking about. It is not important to know the facts. Just know I need to grow and learn from someone that I would prefer not too. I came to Dominica to experience something's about life. This was not one I had anticipated. But God did, so I will try.