It is somewhat ironic how fast the time passes in this land where nothing happens in a hurry. The last week or so has been an absolute blur even as traffic has often times slowed to a crawl. Work is work, in that super challenging, always busy, exhausting and fun sort of way. Some nights I feel like I had to have been chopping down trees and dragging them to the top of the mountain to build my log cabin by hand. I’m that tired at the end of the days. Well, maybe that’s a little exaggeration, but you get the idea.
We finally got our fancy new internet connected today. It only took a little over a month. You know, its a funny thing. I get excited about it finally being connected and think about how frustrating it was and then I look outside my window. There are constant reality checks. I’m thankful for those. I’m not trying to preach here or anything, but along with the challenges at work, I’m constantly challenged mentally to process all that happens around me here and how I fit into this crazy puzzle.
Alright. Enough pontificalosophicating. Here’s the highlights from the last week.
I’m still able to spend my planning periods out under the awnings at school. (I’ll have to take some pictures around school to share soon.) It’s mighty nice, just me and the lizards doing some work out there. Lizards, by the way, I have decided are the Ghanaian equivalent of squirrels. They’re everywhere. I’ve tried to get a good picture of the big orange necked one that joins me every day, but he’s too fast. I think I’ve heard him laugh as he skitters under the tables. This week it has started to warm up a bit and I’ve had several people offer me space in their rooms and warn me that my days outside are numbered. I think they might be right. My sweat meter has started rising for sure.
Maddox has slid into an excellent routine at school. Mornings are a breeze these days and he is a little sponge in the classroom. He’s walking around counting to ten and singing songs in French, I assume that’s what the songs are anyway. I told him I was going to start calling him “the Brain” because when we ask him what he liked about the day he says, “The same as every day. Learning!” I then had to explain that the Brain was from Pinky and the Brain and tell him all about the cartoon. Which when we tried to watch on YouTube was, of course, not available. (I just checked again and it seems to work now. Thanks fancy new internet. Now we have something new to watch tomorrow!) He’s loving his Saturday morning soccer academy and even joined me again for Sunday pickup with the adults. He holds his own and has a blast. The other guys have been super cool about letting him play so far. He gets a few touches and has made some good passes. If you ask him, everyone is too easy on him though.
Josie is loving her school as well. She protests in the mornings still, but she’s only been going a week, and she’s fine once she gets there. This morning she started crying and saying she didn’t want to go. She said,”I don’t want to go. You love me, remember?” Hilarious. She and Tina have a good time together and she couldn’t be happier. Sometimes I feel like I don’t see her enough during the week though. We make up for it on the weekends as best we can though. She digs a little extra time out of us at bedtime too. Speaking of which, she wore Robyn down pretty good tonight. It’s after nine and she’s only been asleep maybe 30 minutes. And, yes, Robyn is asleep in there with her.
Robyn is doing great too. I feel like she gets left out of these posts sometimes. She’s counseling up a storm at Lincoln. She’s jumped right in and every kid in the Elementary School says hi to her as they walk by. It’s pretty cool to see. She’s even helped us get connected with Community Eleven School Complex again. The fourth grade is heading there on Friday to establish a relationship with the school, share some stories and play some games. I’m very excited that we’re making this connection. I’m planning on going along with them for the morning on Friday. Should be pretty cool. (https://sites.google.com/site/mmscesc2012/ for those of you who don’t know about this project) She’s also planning on tackling a 10k in a few weeks. She’s done a great job getting us moving now that we’re more or less settled in and we’ve been running several times a week. I’m thinking the 5k is a little more my pace though.
Robyn and I finally had our first real date night in Accra! Saturday night Tina stayed with the kids for popcorn and a movie while we flagged down a taxi and headed out on the town. We went to a fancy Japanese restaurant and had a most delicious meal of slow cooked beef, salmon and sushi. We finished it off with ice cream and a chocolate tort that was ridiculously good. It felt like you had stepped into NYC when you walked unto the restaurant. It was very not Ghanaian, at least until the power went out twice as we were getting ready to leave. Just a little reminder of where we are. We then headed out to a jazz club, +233 for a drink and some music. There was a local band playing that was pretty good and it was an outdoor club which was pretty cool. A couple of friends came to meet up with us and we even stayed out til almost midnight! Crazy! It was nice to have some time for just the two of us. It doesn’t seem to happen all that often around here.
We’ve got a long weekend coming up and we’re planning a trip to the beach with our Canadian friends. Should be a good one. I’ll let you know all about it when we get back. We’re headed to Sisimbo. Its somewhere around here a little over an hour in one direction. That’s about all I know. Robyn has been working on the details for this one.
I think that does it for now. I hope all of you are as satisfactorily exhausted as we are. One love.
|One more shot of the mule cart. Just because its a mule cart.|
|Chalk art on the sidewalk was fun. Maddox even wrote Tina a secret message.|
|Banku night was not the biggest hit. But they tried it.|
|Those are two left turn lanes on a two lane street. Doesn’t really do the madness justice.|
|Robyn all fancied up at +233|
|One tired, big boy. I think he’s growing faster here.|
|Maddox practicing writing and making me proud in so many ways.|
|This one says, “This way to the fun learning school.”|
|After pick up soccer Sunday.|