Wednesday, February 25, 2009

day eight : getting better all the time

Yesterday a friend took me around town. The best fishmonger, the best doctor, the best place to get salbutes, the preschool, the guy who can fix anything, the pharmacy where the medicine is good. She's taken me under her wing a bit, an American who has lived here her entire life, she welcomes a new face. We are fast becoming friends. Our kids play and play and play. She gave me a mailing address I can use, some of you have asked for it and if you still want it please email me. An address feels like a victory, internet at home will feel like I've won the lottery.

We went to visit one of two potential schools for M. In my mind only one will suffice, the other still considers lashing good discipline. So that left only one option and we drove down a dirt road to the end, a white placard on the lawn. It's a cinderblock building spilling over with children but the walls are brightly painted and the teachers are laughing, their caribbean accents make everything sound delicious. When we walked in one of them clapped their hands we have an international pagent next month and no American girl but now, yes baby, we have one! And they laughed. We sat and watched the teachers sing songs and practice days and months, first in english then in spanish. From this point on M will get to learn in both. She doesn't seem to mind all the differences. My eyes well up at the thought.

It's rustic, all of it. No American school looks like this and yet it's good. It feels good. M likes it and agrees to try it and we all agree to come back next week. Just like that, we've found a school. There are things they need that they cannot get here, packs of crayons where there are multiple numbers of the same colors. Pencils too. I see potential here too in ways maybe I can help.

Today I woke up and walked down the path to a lodge and was welcomed by barking dogs and coffee and after a few minutes sat under a palapa with parrots and iguanas and the river and took a yoga class. I have not felt this still in years. It's only once a week and I can't wait to go back. I laid on the damp wood and breathed as deeply as I could. I don't know the last time I've breathed like this.

Tonight we are going to a restaurant where we hear the expats gather once a week. We are slowly meeting people, local and foreign and are finding our way. We are finding our way.



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36 comments:

Anonymous said...

that is just so amazing. I have been following your blog for only a short time now, but I wanted to say wow! you are showing courage to leap out of your comfort zone most would never dream of. good for you. I wish you and your family success and look forward to continue reading about your adventure. Thanks!

thordora said...

If all of us, one or 5 or 50 of us, sent a few packs of crayons, or notebooks or number cards, that would make the difference, right? To those kids, to yours?

Send me the address-I'd love to send a little something, to all of you. And some maple candy too :)

Julie Pippert said...

Lovely and awesome.

Love Thordora's idea...will watch for word on that.

kristen said...

you sound good, it makes me happy.

i'd love your address, will go email now. xo

glennia said...

Will send crayons, chocolate, paper, whatever you ask for, doll. It's all yours for the asking (and the address).

geenalyn said...

I love reading about this journey you are on, it sounds so peaceful and wonderful, it makes me jealous. Of course at the same time, I know that I wouldn't be able to do it, or at least I don't think I could.

I would love to send pencils and crayons and what not to the school if you would like. Just let me know

geenalyn at rogers.com

Arwen said...

Yoga in the jungle sounds wonderful!

frizzlefry said...

We would love to send pencils, crayons, paper, any school supplies you wish. Feel free to send me your address.
liss1024 at yahoo dot com

Omaha Mama said...

I'm sending crayons. And I can send worksheets to their hearts' content. Other supplies.
You get it going, my Friend. You get an address going and a care package will be sent.
Go you.

Omaha Mama said...

I'm sending crayons. And I can send worksheets to their hearts' content. Other supplies.
You get it going, my Friend. You get an address going and a care package will be sent.
Go you.

Magpie said...

Shivers up my spine!

meno said...

Look at you, settling in. I swear, for the first time, i am jealous.

Your daughter will learn to speak Spanish so easily. Lucky her.

mommyknows said...

I love your posts. It sounds like you are settling in nicely.

I'd be happy to send out school supplies. Just tell me where to send them.

Krysten said...

completely amazing! i got goosebumps reading this one! i'm so happy for you and your family!

KC said...

Yes. Address, please.

Yoga with parrots and iguanas? Yes.

M's school? Yes.

better, yes.

Anjali said...

Yes you can!

deezee said...

Splendid. All the details, every shared moment.

And, I, too, want your address. Will email you. :)

flowerpower13169 said...

I'd love to send some school supplies... and goldfish for M. I envy you all I miss the quiet.

Katie said...

This really sounds so incredible! What an amazing adventure. I envy you!

wheelsonthebus said...

send me your address. My little guy would love to send some school supplies for M.

bgirl said...

ah J, this is good, real good.

Sheri said...

First time commenting but a long time reader....

Your story is amazing. Thank you for bringing us along on your journey... I can not hardly wait for the next day to read how you and your family are settling in to your new surroundings.

Please send your address - I would love to contribute some school supplies ot anything else you might need. I will email you.

Hetha said...

My eyes well up at the thought of this, all of it. So good!

kgirl said...

I want to take that yoga class with you.

Jennifer said...

Jen, oh, Jen, oh, Jen! You're there and you're really there. Oh, my heart is so full for you. I can just about picture it. And if you're where I think you might be, to access internet, I can truly picture it...

I'm dropping you an email. I'll be there, where you are, in just three weeks you know. Can we meet for dinner, in town? I'll bring so many crayons... :)

Kim said...

I can't believe what I missed while I am gone.

It seems that I have returned just in time to read about the adventure you were born to have.

It is good to be back

Kim
(formerly Karen Forest)

Kim said...

while I was gone.

Sorry. I can't even type anymore.

Kyla said...

I'm so glad.

If you need supplies, you know we will send them.

Defiantmuse said...

sounds good to me, dude.
all of it.

Madge said...

sounds so wonderful -- to breath. i'm trying to find that here.

Janet said...

And now I know what i'm going to send you. Address please!

You sound happy. I like that.

Wayfarer Scientista said...

yay!

Orangeblossoms said...

I am so glad you're finding your way and that you've found a friend.... the first ones are precious. I am holding you and yours in my heart.

Tabba said...

YYYYEEEEEEEEEEESSSSSSSSSSS!!!!

please send me the address....as i work at a preschool, ahem, i could send what i can.

Ally said...

Jen, I am so excited by this post. So much progress in so little time; so much to be thankful for! Keep us posted on the school... it sounds rustic and lovely.

painted maypole said...

i work at a preschool. maybe we can find a way to collect things for YOUR preschool, and send them to your fancy new address??