these entries are taken directly from my personal journal kept during my week in La Cucarita.
This morning my alarm wen toff and I would’ve given anything to sleep 30 more minutes. Breakfast was pancakes and cream of wheat…not very exciting. Thank God I put a cliff bar in my backpack! The day went very well. The morning was focused on Ash Wednesday. We did a little Mass or prayer service. The music teachers sang and the 8th graders did the readings. We ended the service by receiving our ashes. It is crazy to think the last time I was in the DR I got ashes for Ash Wednesday.
Lunch was fish, potatoes, beans and rice. The fish and potataos looks like canned peaches. I ate it Monday but I couldn’t do it again. So today I had rice for lunch, very boring. I told myself I was fasting for Lent.
After lunch we were wandering around the little town and one woman invited us to sit down. She offered us coffee. She said once she was in a new town and a stranger showed her kindness, so now she shows kindness to strangers.
The afternoon we worked with our English Groups to read scripture in English. They read the Good Samaritan and then wrote their own version of the story. We filmed them reading in English so they could hear themselves. I LOVE my group! They are so silly and fun, but so eager to learn. One of the girls in my group Helena is awesome. Every time I praise her progress her face lights up. She always thanks me at the end of the day.
When we got back from school we hung out on the porch. Before dinner we walked to the primary school. The sun was getting ready to set so the sun was hitting the mountains perfectly. It was beautiful. The thing I love most about this group is that we do everything together.
Dinner was pasta y tostones. The pasta was SO good. One of the guys in our class is training for the Olympics. He stopped training to take a picture with us. So sweet.
I have missed being away from my kiddos, but I have been able to facetimed them a couple times. Their silly questions cracked me up! “Why is your hair blue?” (I was wearing a headband). “Why are you wearing the same shirt?” (because I only packed so many) “How’s Africa?” (not in Africa). “I LOST A TOOTH!”
*wrote this quote in my journal “Some people are to tired to give you a smile; give them one of yours, as none need a smile so much as the one who has no more to give.”