“I may not have gone where I intended to go, but I think I have ended up where I needed to be.”
— Douglas Adams, The Long Dark Tea-Time of the Soul
“But you could come back if you don’t like it, right?”
“Come to every fair and Family Day to visit.”
“You’re dead to me.”
“I’m going to cry.”
“I don’t want to see your face.”
“But I wanted you to give me class in Economics!”
I appeased them by promising they could add me on Facebook and that I will come to their 8th grade graduation next year. And if they ever miss me too much, we can meet up at Sweet Frog, the newest and trendiest place in town right now.
La Vida Dominicana continuará.
I will be in Santo Domingo another year, just at a different school. Still teaching middle and high school, but I’ll be switching from 12th grade Economics to 12th grade English. Although I’ll definitely miss Econ, I’m looking forward to the opportunities that my new school will provide. I’m excited to see how things change (and how they stay the same) as I move to a smaller school with a slightly different (more diverse) student population. From the education policy perspective, it should be a great comparative study.
And I guess I’m not ready to get off this crazy little island just yet.
"Estoy convencida de que nadie pierde a nadie, porque nadie posee a nadie. Ésa es la verdadera experiencia de la libertad: tener lo más importante del mundo sin poseerlo."Paulo Coelho
- (Young kid driving an ATV in a line of traffic)
- L: Why is that kid on the road? He's too young to be driving!
- Me: I have no idea.
- L: How old is he?!
- Me: Maybe 12? He looks like he could be the age of my students.
- (We pull up behind him and he turns his head.)
- Me: Oh my god. What are you doing driving?!
- Boy on ATV: Hi Teacher! Umm... following my father!
- Me: Okay, well, be careful. Enjoy your weekend!
- L: ??
- Me: We were a little off. He's 13... I taught him last year.