There is nothing better than time spent with friends. The last two weeks my dear friends Amy and Megan have been staying with me. I have had absolute blast! I have laughed more and slept less than I have in months, and loved every minute!
I kept them quite busy I'm afraid. They went to all my p.e. and reading classes, after school reading program, and evening tutoring/classes. While they were here we taught lessons on Oklahoma, the USA, and the Oakdale school (which is Hope Christian Academy's sister school in Oklahoma) to ALL of the primary classes. It was pretty interesting some of the stereotypes and misconceptions that came out in the questions. The kids have never been officially taught anything about the USA, and much of what they know comes from assumptions and myths regarding what American's lives are like. Amy was so eloquent in teaching about the 5 civilized tribes and the flat land that stretches for kilometers and kilometers! They also tried their hand at using a machete and carrying water on their heads. Neither with real favorable results. I loved cooking with the power off, staying up for late chats, watching them read to/play with kids, and watching the kids fall in love with them.
We went to the Kakum rainforest and Elmina slave castle. Amy and I might have had too much fun making Megan nervous on the canopy rope bridges. I was so thankful they were with me for Ma Victoria's funeral on Saturday, although it was a rough day for them. We left at 1am Saturday morning, and returned at 12:00 midnight on Saturday night. It was a long, culturally challenging and emotional day for all of us. It threw them into the heart of a seriously cultural event in many ways. The bus ride was a challenge on its own! It was about 13 hours of the day in the bus on some bumpy roads, with the only pit stops being side of the road. (Go ahead and ask Meg about that one...)
I am so thankful for their willingness to give up their vacation time from work to come and encourage me and the kids here! I miss them already!