Monday, February 21, 2011
It was so nice to read the comments from others that I decided to write some more.
Usually on the weekends (Sat) my friend Farideh and I go to the Women's Refuge and teach English for 2 hrs. These are young and older women who have gotten in trouble with substance abuse. We don't know their individual stories but sometimes it leaks out. One woman was in love with another woman and was extremely jealous and would get bent out of shape with alcohol. The family insisted she go into rehab and she is doing much better. This rehab center works with a lot of love and prayer and I would have thought more life skills would be good but a lot of good comes of it so I will just suspend judgement. I used to work in that area of expertise and I do slip in some lessons involving life skills and it is appreciated. This wkend Farideh was not feeling well so we did not go and she went to the Dr. instead. If she had told me her symptoms I would have told her her problem. She is PREGNANT! This is very good news and now we are all over the moon. She is 30 and an officer at a very good bank so her job is excellent but her husband had suffered with some spotty employment. The thing is that here it takes 2 people to keep a family going and she will have maternity leave and have to go back to work quickly. Her husband is employed at the new casino but like all Mexican jobs it does not pay too well. Between the two of them they earn less than $1000 monthly and it is not cheap here though better than in the US or Canada. They have a very good marriage though. We will be able and willing to help with childcare. We will see what her family can come up with. She really wants us to help out as then the child will learn English and that is highly prized here.
The other volunteer thing I do is to work at a kindergarten teaching the little ones English. At the best of times and I do this 2 1/2 hrs. a wk. it is very intense. Remember I speak English and they speak Spanish. I get it when they need to go to the toilet but I cannot get the finer points of who touched what and when and where and they should not do so, ARRRRGH! Today the little darlings were in a morning assembly and I don't know what they did there but they were animals afterwards. On Monday I assist Rocio, their usual teacher and on Fri. I am alone for one hr. This morning was the worst. We really need to maintain a bit more decorum in class. I know that activities should move quickly and seamlessly from one to another and that the teacher should have a tried and true method for getting their attention. The latter is not in place so how are we to get better attention. We definitely move quickly from one activity to another and I try to do one peaceful one and then a more active activity. Anyone reading this who can give any good advice should feel free to do so not only free but for GOD'S sake do it for my sanity!
I got up early and walked the dogs and was ready to go to the school when needed. So I put my purse in a drawer in the office along with my walking home clothes. We were late finishing as usual and apparently by 10:30 my phone started to ring, stop, ring, stop and ring again. I really must learn to shut it off. Very annoying for the office staff. Anyway it was my husband and Farideh wanting to go to lunch and of course we did. But for a change I chose where. I chose Pierda Kilos (losing kilos in English), These are the greatest restaraunts where everything is cooked with great care to reduce calories and weighed and measured portions. The kicker is that the food is excellent though not as cheap as a 2000 cal. taco. Yes, I have eaten those and lived but shouldn't do it. So Charlie and I had a late breakfast, Farideh had an early lunch and the three of us shared one of their to-die-for pcs. of ornge,/lime pie. For heaven's sake come and visit so I can go to lunch with you at one of the Pierda Kilos locations. The women have all gone through their program to lose weight and are lovely and never cranky. This is like a very cheap version of WW. Good night all! I must go and do other things but will post again.