The First Day of School
There are a lot of places that I could have been over fall break besides Browning but I made the choice and commitment in the first couple of weeks to come to and volunteer. As fall break drew closer I was having some regrets about not going home, or staying at school to do the school work that has been piling up and I was becoming slightly nervous about what I had really signed up for. After a lot of thought I was fairly sure that I was meant to come here for the week and decided to embark on the trip with an open mind and enthusiasm for what was in store. After this first day in the De La Salle school I am sure I made the right choice!
My experience in school today was absolutely amazing. There were so many noteworthy moments I can’t even begin to tell them all on this blog. I started my day with 14 smiling 5th grade faces welcoming me to school and ended my day with 14 smiling faces saying goodbye. I played basketball, ran line sprints (which I haven’t done in about 3 years), taught math, and baked cookies. During those activities I got to know the kids I was working with and heard stories that made me laugh and also those that made me understand the hardships these kids endure are real and appalling. I think the story that will stick with me most is when one little girl told me, completely out of the blue, “I hate going to Great Falls”. When I followed up with the question why? she said that people look at my mom funny and point, we are not liked them she explained. At that point my heart melted. That was a confirmation that I am in the right place this week. I am learning so much about myself and others. I hope as the week continues that everyone here can show this group of kids that people really do care about them and want to get to know them and their culture and secondly, that we are an example to them of the many possibilities this life has for them all.
I can’t wait to go back tomorrow. I know there are many more exciting things on the schedule. Thank you for all your prayers.