From the Journal of St. Lucia Project Team 32: Little Things Catching My Attention

25 Feb

My entry from Monday, February 23 recapping my Friday activities as part of St. Lucia Project Team 32.

“Friday was a bit disjointed for both Barbara and me: RCP had planning meetings and the Primary School was pretty consumed with Independence Day activities. When I arrived at the school all of the children were outside, many dressed in the patriotic colors of the St. Lucian flag. The children answered questions, read passages about historical events, and several teachers spoke about national pride and patriotism. It was fascinating and uplifting to hear and feel the depth of the passion behind the words. There was one thing from the morning session that stuck with. One of the teachers asked the students to name patriotic acts—specific things that citizen might do to show they love their country. The first answer? Vote. It felt like the perfect answer and one I wished that every child would give, everywhere, first.Flag_of_Saint_Lucia

Chemida brought Barbara over to help at the Primary School so we got organized and started down our long list of students to see, ready to have a full day of one-on-one sessions in both literacy and math. On the way to meet Dan and Chemida for lunch, I snapped photos of the route we walked, the houses and buildings on the way, and an awesome pile of nuts drying in the sun. The little things continue to catch my attention. The father holding his child’s hand. How warmly people greet each other. The produce on the tables in the street. The detail of the braids and the care placed in the ribbons and clips in the girls’ at the Primary School’s hair. The trusting reception I continue to get from just about everyone I speak to—especially the children at the school.P1160801

When we got back from lunch Barbara and I found out that there was a competition—game show quiz style and all about Independence Day—that started at 1:15 and lasted the rest of the day. We went in and watched for a while as proud students representing the four “houses” in the school answered questions based on facts about St. Lucia.  I just love the national pride and deep understanding of the island’s history that is taught in the schools….

I seem to be on solid ground with the principal and am loving the one-on-one sessions with the students. Dan continues to be an inspirational rock star. And Barbara seems to be feeling more at ease with her role and appreciate the work she is doing with RCP. Bring on week 2 with all its bumps and disruptions! We are ready!”

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14 Responses to “From the Journal of St. Lucia Project Team 32: Little Things Catching My Attention”

  1. Cathy Chester February 25, 2015 at 2:58 am #

    This sounds magnificent and I loved reading your passage, like a peek inside of what you are doing and seeing. Marvelous, Ruth.

    • Ruth February 25, 2015 at 9:22 pm #

      Just a peak Cathy :)! Thank you so much for your sweet comment!

  2. Carol Cassara (@ccassara) February 25, 2015 at 4:51 pm #

    I am thinking about you each day and how wonderful this experience must be … thanks for sharing as you can.

    • Ruth February 25, 2015 at 9:58 pm #

      Sharing is a huge part of the fun Carol! There are wonderful parts and there are challenges but I will be coming back renewed…and ready for a trip to wine country :)!

  3. Tammy February 25, 2015 at 5:03 pm #

    What a wonderful experience you are living. Thank you for sharing a birds eye view of a world so very far away Awesome!

    • Ruth February 25, 2015 at 9:59 pm #

      As you know so well Tammy, sharing helps me process and put it all in perspective. This group journal has been great!

  4. Tam Warner Minton February 25, 2015 at 8:03 pm #

    My 1st Amazing Woman continues to be amazing!

    • Ruth February 25, 2015 at 10:00 pm #

      I can’t wait to get to know your 2nd Amazing Women better through her writing! Thanks Tam!

  5. Lois Alter Mark February 26, 2015 at 12:18 am #

    What an amazing experience. I love that the kids understand the importance of voting and that they have such pride in their homeland. Keep writing and sharing!

    • Ruth February 26, 2015 at 12:20 am #

      So much more to talk about when it comes to St. Lucian cultural pride…. I have not even gotten warmed up yet Lois!

  6. Carpool Goddess February 26, 2015 at 2:52 am #

    This sounds like a life changing experience for both you and your students. Love hearing about your journey!

  7. Carolann February 26, 2015 at 3:10 am #

    Sounds like a wonderful day! How I miss those days of doing activities with the kids. I can appreciate how you noticed the “little things” in your day. They always seem to be most special!

  8. Doreen McGettigan February 26, 2015 at 3:25 am #

    Oh how I wish our kids and the adults in this country felt that voting was #1.
    In the bottom picture the homes look so close to the water.
    I cannot wait to read more about your experiences and the children.

  9. Estelle February 26, 2015 at 6:56 am #

    I’m so proud of you for doing all that you are doing there Ruth. What a wonderful experience for you and to see the result of all your giving must be so fulfilling.

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