[Insert your favorite cliche here about going to another place and learning a bunch of new stuff about yourself.] As I write, I sit on the plane contemplating the vast expanse of the Gulf of Mexico below, and also, the fact that I am actually going to El Salvador right now.
|Laura + Me Plane Selfie|
- announcements at our gate in Houston were made in Spanish first with English tacked on at the end for good measure
- I have bemoaned the fact that I neglected to memorize my passport number while filling out customs forms (I swear to you, I bring no firearms, not more than one camera and am not over the $11,428.57 limit in cash, not even close, my friends)
- the plane ticket in my pocket indicates that San Salvador is my final destination
- a tad on the nervous side — after all, I’ve never really taught English before, and my Spanish, while I’ve got the grammatical structure in place, is woefully lacking in basic vocabulary. While Glenda and Raul were here, much too often I would start a sentence, realize I didn’t know how to say it, and then trail off in “pues…. si” or something…
- a bit on the apprehensive side — the internal conversation goes something like this: (1) What if I am bad at teaching English and don’t know how to explain things well? Don’t be silly dummy, you’ll learn more through your mistakes, and conversational practice is more your thing anyways, not grammar (2) What if they don’t like me? Um, be yourself, try to talk to the kids individually, stop worrying so darn much (3) What if…. ? Stop it! Just do the thing where you make friends and make the most of what happens.
- a pinch on the sniffly side — sorry, that’s not sentimentality, just a badly timed cold
- gallons on the excited side — I absolutely loved the time I spent and the people I met in El Salvador the last time I was there. I love to teach people things, and I love Spanish. I am really excited to be given this opportunity and to get to do it with Laura. This is my jam. These are my people.
|El Salvador through my window in the morning|
P.S. Check out Laura’s blog at http://elsalvadormatanahhaugenym.blogspot.com/