My first "teaching" experience happened to be in a little building in Warsaw, Indiana called the Alternative Learning Center. I had asked my college advisor what I could do to keep up my Spanish skills for the year before I went to Argentina. She hooked me up with an opportunity to teach ESL to adults in the evening at this little school, many of whom spoke Spanish. I never imagined how life-changing the experience would be, how much I would fall in love with teaching, how close I would grow to my coworkers there, or how this job would open up many doors into my future. I kept teaching there all through college and even after I got married. That little school and all the people I met there will always hold a special place in my heart.
Thanks to Facebook, I reconnected recently with one of those amazing coworkers and found out she is visiting her daughter (who graduated from high school with me) not too far from where I live. Today we met up together at a little Colombian bakery and just had a lovely time catching up. It was such a great way to start bringing this much needed break to a close. Plus having a little taste of Colombia again was great! (We planned to go to a Cuban bakery, but it was closed, so we went to the Colombian one instead.)
Tomorrow I'm meeting up with another great friend who recently moved to Georgia and is in town visiting for one more day. There's nothing like reconnecting with old friends.
- I am a wife, daughter, mother, bilingual teacher, poet, author, women's Bible study teacher, world traveler, orphan advocate, and an adoptive mother. Our adoption journey has been filled with a lot of hurt and loss, along with even more hope, grace, and healing. Through it we have experienced more of God than we ever bargained for and have watched Him miraculously redeem our story when we surrendered all the broken pieces to Him.