19.03.2010 8 °C
Its 10:08 AM on this side of the ocean and I am refusing to prepare anything for classes today. Why?
1) For the third week in a row my Friday classes were cancelled. (Thanks to teachers not being here for two weeks and a country wide teacher strike last week).
2) Being the super assistant who is already prepared, I already know what I’m doing for many of my classes next week. And for those I don’t, I have all weekend to think about them.
3) It is supposed to reach 20 degrees (aka 70 degrees in Fahrenheit today). Gorgeous Spring days in March should be spent outside soaking up the daily light. Therefore after lunch, I am going to wander around town and think about how glorious this day is.
Maybe it seems ridiculous to others, but little moments like these are some of my favorites. Don’t get me wrong, traveling, holidays and other big events are definitely exciting, but it is little every day moments which make me remember how incredibly happy I am. Little things like spending all Sunday morning chatting around the kitchen table while drinking tea and nibbling on baguette smeared with Nutella. Or walking by the port with Paty, eating Mcflurries and watching the little French kids jump for joy when they saw an otter swim by. (ok not going to lie here… we were kind of excited too, especially when he emerged from the river and started walking around.) Or going slightly off subject with my students when they randomly asked me how to say “I have to pee” in English. Or eating Sunday lunch followed by someone singing and playing my favorite French songs on the piano. I think these moments will stick out the most when I think of my time abroad. They didn’t cost money, they weren’t extravagant, no pictures were taken, and no real planning was involved. They just occurred randomly; and that is why I love them. Little simple events in life that bounce right into your face and fill you head to toe with complete joy. I realize more and more every day how much I adore the randomness of life’s little unimportant moments.
I’ve got a bit over two months left living life as a “Roannais”. When thinking about this subject, my mind starts reeling, replaying the same thing over and over again. “Two months! That is no time at all! Have you done everything you wanted to do? Don’t waste one moment, profite-bien” And for the most part, yes, I am happy to say I have done many things I wanted to do. And there are still good things ahead. A bit more traveling in France and Europe, some little field trips with friends, some dinner invitations at teacher’s houses, hanging out with people, many more glasses of wine and even some time to taste a bit more of French cuisine.
Also planning some interesting subjects for my upcoming lessons with students including:
• American high school year books
• More American music and movies
• Introducing students to country music
• Possible dancing lesson (square dancing, the hustle, the hokey pokey? Taught my roomies the last one).
• Bringing in peanut butter for them to taste. (They already love the Reese’s I gave them as prizes!)
• American slang expressions (nothing bad, just things like “whats up?”and “Holy cow!”)
If you think I’m missing anything important here Or if you think of cool slang expressions to teach them, please don’t hesitate to tell me. I’m going to make these next couple of months with my students as fun as I can. Yes, the lessons will still be educational, but as an assistant I can play games with them every class period if I want, as long as I’m getting them to speak English. Love this job!