Wednesday, March 19, 2008


Ginny (pronounced "Jeannie") is quite possibly my favorite student. I call her the "Girl of a Thousand Faces" because she is so expressive. She wants so badly to be able to talk to me that she learns at an astonishing rate. When I first met her a few weeks ago, she knew only a couple of words. Now, she is rapidly gaining more comprehension of English every day. Of course, it probably helps a lot that her mom is Jackie, one of the other teachers (she's the woman whose back is to the camera).

Ginny is a little comedian. She makes the funniest faces ever, and she is always doing really cute things that just crack me up. I see quite a bit more of Ginny than most of my students, since she is always early and often comes to the school in the evening to wait for one of her parents to take her home. Usually I'm pretty busy making my lesson plans in the evening (after my last class is over), but I can always find a few free minutes to spend with Ginny.

I swear, this job is really bringing out my maternal side! I always liked kids, but I never realized just how addicting they can be! Oh, and let's not forget exhausting.

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"Passage—immediate passage! the blood burns in my veins! Away, O soul! hoist instantly the anchor!
Cut the hawsers—haul out—shake out every sail!
Have we not stood here like trees in the ground long enough?
Have we not grovell’d here long enough, eating and drinking like mere brutes?
Have we not darken’d and dazed ourselves with books long enough?

Sail forth! steer for the deep waters only!
Reckless, O soul, exploring, I with thee, and thou with me;
For we are bound where mariner has not yet dared to go, And we will risk the ship, ourselves and all.

O my brave soul!
O farther, farther sail!
O daring joy, but safe! Are they not all the seas of God?
O farther, farther, farther sail!"

~Walt Whitman, "Passage to India"