The time has come! Update time!
Picture 1 and 2:
1) Yes, that is a likeness of me drawn by one of my seventh graders. This past week and next are spirit weeks at school. Wednesday was dress as “Everything But Yourself.” So, keeping in nature with the ambiguity that is that statement, I, of course, came as a man with taped on mustache and goatee which I would take off five minutes into class so as to not distract the students from math any longer than necessary.
2) Friday, the theme was “Go Green.” So I did. With every green item of clothing in my closet. Shorts, dress shirt, t-shirt, cardigan, t-shirt as cape, pillowcase as head band, and teenage mutant ninja turtle pajama pants. It was a good day.
Yes. That is a huge pile of skates. If you are like me, the first question you asked is, “Where in the middle of PNG did these come from?” The response? “Oh people have donated them to the center over the past twenty years, or whatever.” The accuracy of the year estimation in this statement is questionable as, given by the “or whatever,” you probably righty assumed this response was given by a high schooler. Which it was. A tenth grader to be specific. Here at UIS, each grade level holds fundraisers, the bounty of which culminates their senior year for their senior trip. Last night was “Skate Night” held by the 10th grade and it was a blast. I, as a sponsor, got to sit around and pester my students with statements like, “Life story. Go.”
As you may suspect, I was initially met with the deer in the headlights look, after which the girls launched into life stories much more exciting than my own beginning with things like, “I was born in Finland…,” or “I was born in Australia…” or “I was born in South Carolina and we moved here when I was two months old…” It was very entertaining and delightful.
Today UIS hosted a sports tournament – Boys, volleyball and girls, softball. That’s right Americans, the boys have a volleyball team and they are AMAZING. Two schools from up north drove down to play, as well as a couple of schools right here in the next town over. As much as I love volleyball, I was glued to the softball field to watch my girls kick some…whatever the missionary word for “butt” is. And that they did.
“Ok Leah, but what does this have to do with frozen pineapple on your leg?”
I’m glad you asked.
The team has two coaches who have graciously let me come and help out the past couple of weeks at practice (i.e. the girls are all in their positions and I get to be the base runner) as well as play in some practice games against them. In one of these games, a certain senior girl who shall remain nameless decided to steal 2nd while I was the second baseman. When things were said and done, she walked away with a bruised elbow (from the ball) and I slowly hobbled away with an incredibly sore shin (from her knee).
Anywho. They did phenomenally today and I couldn’t be more proud of them. In the game against our “rival” school (another international school here in PNG) we won 9-2 and the girls were stoked. It was good to get to yell properly at a sporting event again.
Well, that is about it. When something fun happens…like a trip to Lae (get out your maps!) I will be sure to keep you updated!