Wednesday and Thursday were long hard days at school, so I had mixed feelings about getting yet another substitute for myself on Friday. As the Student Council advisor I got to chaperone 10 high school students to Dillingham for a leadership conference. I did have another chaperone with me, thank goodness. We were supposed to leave right after school on Thursday. When the plane wasn't there right away I let the kids start a movie in my classroom while we waited. We watched the entire movie and still and time to burn. We finally left at 6:00 pm.
They had some excellent speakers for the kids. There were 3 native men from around the state that were very experienced in putting on workshops and presentations and a Caucasian boy from Anchorage (19 years old and already a successful owner of a worldwide business). The students bought in to all these speakers immediately and loved them. I felt like the content was pretty powerful as well.
I am very happy to be back home again. I'll avoid leaving town for a least a few weeks. (In fact, I just unvolunteered for a trip to Anchorage in two weeks.) I feel like I need to spend some more time in my classroom and with my husband.
Tim had quite the busy week himself. Wrestling practice started on Monday. Which consumes his time after school every day. He was also the only high school teacher that attended the entire week of school and the only high school teacher that was at school on Friday. (I can't even imagine how rowdy the kids must have been . . . sorry Tim.)
I am starting to realize how much my knowledge and appreciation of this native culture is growing. There is so much to learn and so much good once you can get past all of the miscommunications and frustrations you have as a newcomer. I'm exciting for our second year in Togiak to continue to get better.