Protectors!

Let me just start things off right by saying today was a FABULOUS day.

I woke up to clear skies and sunshine (well, almost. The sun was still coming out when I woke up). When I left for school I noticed that Jack Frost had made an appearance, covering everything… which sparkled in the sun.

Then I arrived at school early to help begin the celebration of our Director’s birthday. The kids brought her flowers, sang her songs, and made her cry. It was beautiful. And the highlight- classes were cut short so we could have a masa (party) after classes with the teachers, which included all kinds of food (and of course alcohol… what’s a Moldovan party without that?).

After the masa I went home and relaxed for a couple of hours before I headed back to school for the “Ball Bobocilor” which was awesome and so well done. The 10th grade put together dances and skits to short clips from songs. It was hilarious, and I loved the inclusion of “Pretty Woman” and “Sandman”. They even pulled me up on stage to dance with them… which I failed miserably at because 1. I have no rhythm and 2. I can’t dance and 3. I need a lot of practice to get the steps right, no matter how easy they may seem. This monkey sees and can’t do.

When I left the performance it was dark outside and the sky was full of stars, and the air was nice and crisp. It warmed up a bit today so it really wasn’t that cold (although it was still cold… trust me). I joked (in seriousness) with the boys saying “no smoking” while the joked (in non seriousness) that they weren’t smoking. Minor detail. Then they tried to convince me to stay for the disco, which, if you paid attention to what I said earlier, that’s not really my thing. So I started to head home and they said I need to wait to have a couple of the boys walk me home since it’s dark. I insisted I was fine but they wouldn’t have it. They found me a ride with one of the 2 cars that were there, which was with someone I didn’t know but one of the friends of the kids or brothers or something. As he started to drive off the boys told him to drive slowly and carefully.

While the kids may drive me nuts during lessons, I love them outside of school. They’re really great kids and very protective of me and appreciative… as long as I’m not teaching them.

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