It’s the fourth week of a new school year, and I’m overwhelmed. I walked into the first day feeling like a different person than last year – I’m confident, I feel like I belong, and I know what I want to get done. In our first teacher meeting, I presented a year’s worth of ideas to get started on. These were projects we’d talked about last year that I wanted to make sure we finished before I leave in November/December. My colleagues listened to what I had to say, and replied, “yep, sure, let’s just do it all this month.”
Needless to say, we are not doing 9 months of work before the end of February. But we are kicking the year off in high gear. Before March 1, we will (hopefully!) have run 2 Grassroot Soccer camps, filed the extensive paperwork to sponsor 6 learners in high school, installed tip taps, set the date for an HIV workshop for our women’s group, improved our classroom libraries, and, oh yeah, taught all of our lessons. Whew.
Like I said, I’m overwhelmed. It’s a lot at once. But it’s all good stuff, and I am just so glad to be working again. I may be a little stretched thin, but more than ever, ke thabile (I’m happy). There is just so much to be happy about these days.
Lesotho has had so much rain. It’s green and absolutely gorgeous.
Because of that rain, fruits and vegetables are bigger and more plentiful than last year. So far, friends have stopped by to give me apples, peaches, apricots, spinach, and peas!
My new house finally feels like home.
Old friends and new tuku (headscarf) styles.
The world’s cutest baby is back, and I get to hang out with her every week again.
More hikes with my best friend.
Celebrating the 16 month point with my dysfunctional Peace Corps cohort/family!