new beginning

With my once-again found happiness comes the beginning of spring…(which in Moldova begins the 1st of March) and I couldn’t be happier. Except that with spring comes the occasional snow shower squeezed between upper 50 to mid 60 degree weather and mud up to our knees after the snow melts or the rain comes. But it’s ok because the days are becoming longer, the sun is shining more, and I am sitting outside on the porch enjoying a cup of tea while writing this and then planning my lesson for tomorrow.

This morning when I walked to school I stopped to say hello to my two favorite doorbells and I think they missed me as much as I missed them.

Then the highlight of my day was the second I walked into school I had two 2nd grade girls come running up to me and gave me a huge hug. What a warm welcome that was! And, ironically, these are two of the girls that I struggled with at the beginning of the school year. I think it’s actually kind of interesting because I think after that incident they quickly gained respect for me… just like a student who, in my 10th form, I put at the very front of the class on the first day because he was being rude and talking the whole lesson and just driving me crazy… but now he is one of my favorites (not that I have favorites, but I kind of do).

So the rest of the school day went great. It was warmer outside than inside but we still held lessons inside, and I couldn’t wait to get outside and sit in the sun (which, like I said, is what i’m doing now). As soon as I walked out, a bunch of 2nd graders were playing around on the asphalt (which needs to be repaired… they will be there tomorrow so I’ll take pictures). We did a round of the hokey pokey and then I went on my way because I was anxiously awaiting what I’m doing now.

After that I stopped and pet the doorbells again and I saw the men sitting on their typical bench and enjoying the sunshine. I walked by and told them how happy I am to see them sitting there because it means the weather is nice…. and when the weather is nice it is crazy how much more the village comes to life. I don’t even need to be playing music right now because it is nice to take in the sounds of the village: the children in the background playing, the neighbors doing work outside, and the animals doing what they do best (making lots of noise).

Now the hard part with this beautiful weather is the want to be productive. However, I guess that can be an excuse for every season (in winter I don’t want to be productive because it’s too cold… in spring and autumn the weather is too beautiful I just want to be outside… on rainy days I just want to read… in summer I want to be laying out…). Guess you can’t have your cake and eat it, too.

Well, I suppose I should attempt to be productive now since I obviously have my computer and internet with me while I’m sitting outside. Maybe I should get another tea first… 😛

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