It's the last day of April, but it feels a bit like Fall to me. In four weeks, the school year will be over and I'll be somewhere else. The ship will be getting ready to sail to the Canary Islands. Three of our families will have moved on to the next page of their adventure, somewhere else. Some really good friends are going away. Also, the dry season is on its way out, and one can feel a touch of coolness in the air. So many endings. I can't help but feel a tad melancholy about the whole thing.
But we're not saying Goodbye today, so let's give our heads a shake and get on with the blog. I'm sitting at my desk right now, listening to the first graders on the other side of the wall learn about Magnetic Force. My friend Kayleigh is the first grade teacher here, and she loves teaching science lessons. Seems like every time I come into her room for a chat/venting session/stare out the window time/cookiefest, there's some fun-looking science activity afoot. I think it was last month they were soaking gummi bears to see if the dye would come out of the gummi. And then there was the month or so when tiny plants were sprouting out of six little well-loved cups of soil--so exciting! When the walls are thin, you either become real good friends with your neighbor or else you try to avoid eye contact. I'm so glad Kayleigh is the first kind. I wonder what my class sounds like from over there.
A couple weeks ago, I had the opportunity to visit a mosque and spend the day with a Guinean family. It was a truly amazing experience. Here are a few pictures.
This is the view from the women's balcony, looking down on the rest of the mosque. You may not be able to see it, but the walls are covered with beautiful designs incorporating Arabic writing. Our guide translated some of the words. Something about living righteously to please God, I think. The red carpets are for all the people to kneel on, and there are small wooden shelves every few yards along the row for people to put their shoes in. It was very cool and quiet inside, and pretty to look at.
And now for my favorite part of the day: spending time with the Selah family! All the aunts, uncles, and cousins live together in one largish compound, and everyone takes care of everyone else's children so that you can't really tell who belongs to whom.