(from Wednesday)

There’s a breeze settling in on the ocean. I scan my eyes over the horizon- nothing, nothing, nothing but water and sky, nothing…then, a tiny sailboat in the far-off distance.

Imagine the horizon is the peace that I want to maintain today in this blog post, and that the sailboat is the very small detail that I am going to write about- just enough to not disturb what is around it. Today has been quite the day and I am not about to even remotely disrupt the perfection that we seemed to have reached.

The mentors showed up to class on time today (six of them showed up 15 minutes early, INCLUDING the ones who are notoriously late). A number of them were particularly well-dressed. They broke into groups and planned how they would teach class. They returned to their respective classrooms and went through their lessons flawlessly. The principal stopped by, bringing freshly charged computers to students. He didn’t try to teach, but he did offer advice from time to time. His eyes twinkled. At one point they asked him for some chalk and he got them some. Class ended at 2pm. We met for our mentor meeting afterward. And all I could do was smile.

At the mentor meeting, we outlined the two weeks of storybooks. We briefly discussed the math projects too, which would come up in the following two weeks. The mentors were very pleased with class. They said the students are picking up things quickly. They are encouraging them to help one another. When there is a technical problem on the computer, they do their best to resolve it without asking for the help of the “blan” (white people- so, Bill and me).

Shhh. I don’t to make a sound. But we couldn’t ask for more.

We are working on seeing if we can get our Petite Riviere mentors paid sooner than just after the six week period. It might be good to look into that for the Darbonne mentors as well.

Got an email from Robert last night. Things at Matènwa are not going so smoothly. I sent him the lesson outlines in Krèyol in case he didn’t have them yet, as well as the outline for the storybooks lesson. I encouraged him to keep having class once per day and to just try to get through the lessons until we get there. We’ll only have a few days in Matènwa but it will be something.

I look at how far we have come with our Darbonne mentors. I look at how much farther we have come with our Petite Riviere mentors. And it gives me faith that Bill and Benaja and I can make it happen for Matènwa, too.

Sometimes you just need to trust your sails and lean into the wind.

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