It took about 15 minutes my first day of teaching to get an, "i love you miss Tiffany" from a first grader. it took a week to get an "i love you" from a second grader and a month to get one from a third grader. im wondering if a year is long enough to capture the affection of a 6th grader. I'm not sure.
It's interesting to see the changes in how people contain their affections. I've been interested in this phenomena since working with a pschizophrenic homeless man while at hospice a couple years ago. It was amazing to work with him because he experienced kindness for the first time at hospice and he was overflowing with love and happiness and acted like a 2 year old unable to contain his excitement. But you aren't reading this to discover my social experiment interests :)
I had a great weekend in Guatemala visiting friends. So nice to be able to visit them for a weekend! We had fun and I got to visit Antigua (one of my favorite cities. . . You should google it).
I still don't have a car. There's a new one we're looking at and a friend is calling tonight to see if it is still available. It's a 2000 civic which will be quite a smooth transition since my last 2 cars were civics. Hopefully this will work out. There's a lot of good things that will happen when I get a car, the best being that I can drive to the school in the morning and not have to get up at 5:30 am to get my shower time to ride with the family I'm staying with. Yes, it will be nice not to be sleep deprived.