Maybe just a drop in the bucket...but a big drop

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Monday, February 5, 2007

I leave Orosi in an hour.  It seems strange to think that this will no longer be my home, that I won't be spending mornings learning Spanish at Otiak, or evenings playing cards and enjoying a few Imperials at Coto.  It's just so strange that I won't be able to giggle over coffee with Steph, Liz, and Christina every day while recounting the antics of the night before.  John won't be around to take the much needed walks around town.  And I know I'm going to miss Kathryn's laugh!  It's the kind of laugh that makes everyone else join in, even if they don't know what's so funny.  I'll miss Alex's funny faces and best bad white boy dance moves ever.  And where will I ever find someone as competitive as Steve is in spoons?  Definitely no one who has such a striking resemblance to Shaggy!  It's just so mindbogglingly strange to me that in an hour I won't be surrounded by these friends that have been so integral in my Costa Rican experience.

I leave Orosi in an hour.  And I'm scared.  This place, so foreign at first, a place where I got lost going everywhere for the first week, and I see it now as a home.  Meri, Carolina, and Johana are my family.  My room is pink and covered in Tiger Beat pictures of David Beckham.  I have a kitten named Benjamin, aka Gato Loco, who cuddles or plays with me when I'm feeling down.  Reina greets me with a halfhearted bark or little wag of the tail whenever I come through the gate.  When I walk down the street to go to Otiak or Coto or the plaza, students I've had in my English classes yell, "Hola!" as they pass on their bikes.  Little old ladies smile at me and the old men nod.  I didn't even feel it happening, but I've become part of this community.  We've played BINGO together, danced together, and everyone saw me make a fool of myself on the soccer field in the Voluntario game.  Orosi, so scary at first, has become my home.

I leave Orosi in an hour.  Laden down with my last bags crammed full of books and clothes and pictures, I will make my way to La Estrella del Guarco.  My new home will be "The Star" and it will be an incredible adventure, one I look towards with excitement and fear, with nervousness and strength.  In two days I will be an English teacher, a real one.  I will have new students and I will slowly but surely become part of this small mountain community.  My room will be a different color with different pictures on the wall.  I will have a new dog and a new family.  And though I know that I will make new friends and grow to love La Estrella and my family there, Orosi and the people I met here will always hold a special place in my heart.  I've spent a month here, and though in the course of the year it may just be a drop in the bucket,  it was a big drop.     
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jkohlmoos
jkohlmoos on

Que les vaya bien
Que les vaya bien!

-pocco and rocco

goltzer
goltzer on

Hello From Uncle Mike
Lacey,

Well, can't imagine you getting off to a better start!
I am sure there have been some down moments but what a great beginning and prepration for the next stage!
It's good you've alerady had a preliminary visit so
the transition will not be so dramatic - and it sounds
like you'll be ending up in a beautiful setting.

Will be interested in hearing about what you actually
end of teaching - how many students and what grade
levels and what your mandate is. If they are in the
first grade range you might touch bases with Cindy
as her first graders are all second language kids.

Your Mom was out last week and we are starting some
pro-active strategies to get M/D positioned for
future challenges - had some good conversations.

Stay in touch - will keep you in our thoughts and
prayers!

Love,
Uncle Mike

dadofdivaboots
dadofdivaboots on

a big drop in the bucket indeed!
a new place, a new home, new friends, new family...cheers to your courage and happiness!
Love
Dad

bootsmom
bootsmom on

Hola Lacey!
Muy bueno! Talk to you tonight.
XOXO, Mom

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