This is Nathaniel and Reggie who live at a sort of "camp" in Cape Town. Bill took this photo with his phone so it is kind of blurry. Tonight (or this morning - I get confused) there will be a food distribution there. Our friends (Ben and Alicia) have been visiting the squatters village for two years now, trying to teach the kids to read, playing games with them, and enjoying getting to know them. Bill will leave Cape Town and head to Uganda soon. The time difference means that he's sleeping while I'm at school and I'm sleeping when he wakes up. So, I can't email much or text message. Sigh.
Kelli is sick with some sort of virus and wanted to go to the clinic last night to see if she had strep. Jeff and I went over to their house after dinner. Pom Pom is pretty tired and "pepless" after 6 o'clock but Birdie and Miss Bug were cheerful and sweet. Miss Bug is so soft and lovely. Holding her and smooching her is pure heaven. She smiles and coos. She studies my face and loves to be loved.
School is a marathon. I'm pooped at the end of the day and I already feel like there isn't enough time to do all the things I want to in class. There are so many sweet eighth graders. There are some very noisy ones, too. When I check their state scores, I see that the noisy ones aren't learning as much and I must try to figure out how to help them. Big job.
I am up early, ready for my coffee and then early to school to meet with a few wonderful women there and then teach, teach, teach before coming home and eating pot roast with the girls, trying to have our girls' time (Bill's not here to keep the kids entertained so we'll see) and fall into bed, anticipating Friday and a three day weekend! Yahoo for Labor Day! Thank you for visiting, dearest readers and thank you for your interesting comments. May you have a day filled with fresh air. My classroom is so hot - it's a wonder I don't melt into a puddle. xopp