Saturday, August 13, 2011

Kicking Off the New School Year

It is great being back here in Port-au-Prince. The city is direct assault to all of your senses. The sights, the sounds, the smells of Port are so unique and I missed them. They are not pleasant. The smell of stale urine, the shouting beggars at the airport, the heat that is just slightly cooler than Dallas. Some people experience those and feel despair. I experience those and know I am here to work. I am not immune to how troubling all of it is- blessedly it still breaks my heart. But it is just because it breaks my heart that I am so happy to be back.

I loved the time I had to rest this summer. I literally have never felt as at peace and rested than I did this summer. But I did begin to feel restless. All of my friends and my in-laws were at work. I was at home. The only people who were as carefree as I was were my really young friends who were in college. I began to get a little stir-crazy because I did not have a job, a mission. Oh, but in Haiti I do. There is plenty of work to be done here. Luckily it is work that I love doing. If you were filming my face the 6 days I have been in Haiti, well- you would have a rotten job having to film my ugly mug, but you would also see that I have been grinning the whole time. Haiti is a lot to bear, but I love the work.

And for full disclosure, I also probably like it here for prideful reasons. It is hard to live here and most people couldn't or wouldn't do it. But I do and it gets more manageable the longer I am here. And I like that. It gives me swagger like someone who has just run a marathon or climbed a mountain.

When school starts on Tuesday we will have over 300 students! The school has been painted, we have new lockers, and tons of new teachers along with a few new students. Good things are going to happen here. Kids are going to learn- everything from the alphabet, to how to write a 5 paragraph essay, to why Freud was a total nutcase. Lives are going to be changed. To repeat a point K and I make often- outside of our school there are very few places where the students get someone to pour into their lives. These kids deal with every issue that teenagers in the States deal with and then some, but they have fewer people to listen to them, advise them,  and to love them. Teachers at QCS fill that void and we want to fill it completely

So bring on the start of a new school year.


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