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Thankful

Boy, did it ever rain today. And rain. And rain. And rain some more. Luckily, we didn’t really get any snow (at least stuff that stuck around), so it’s all good.

But I long for the sunshine, and so I’m going to post some pics from a sunny-day walk Len and I took a few days ago:

 

It was still cold out though, as evidenced by the frost:

 

And my favourite photo of the day, one that, for some reason, reminds me of all the golden, quiet beauty of Saskatchewan:

Ah, for it to be spring again… We did pass winter solstice a couple weeks ago, which means that we’re on the upswing; our days are only going to get longer and longer for the next 6 months.

Well, I survived my 2nd day back to work after the luxuriously languid holiday. Actually, I had a very pleasant work day. I’d missed my kiddies!

Today, one of my adult students told me her life story. And what a life and what a story! She’s an older lady who is simply sweet, kind, positive, and I enjoy having her as a student a lot.

It all started today when I asked if she had children. She told me she did not, and thus launched into her life story of why she did not have children. She’s from Nicaragua, and was married very young, when she was only 16 years old. At the time, she wasn’t even done high school, so she and her husband put off having kids in favour of completing their schooling and start work. Also, she had to take care of her 9 other siblings when her father passed away and her mother was left alone.

Then her country came under communist rule, and life became unbearable enough that she and her husband left Nicaragua for Guatemala. They worked very hard to pull the rest of her family out of Nicaragua, and this took many years. It was during this time that she and her husband decided that instead of having a family of their own, they would devote their energies to reuniting her family and taking care of her siblings and mother.

And guess where they moved to after they left Guatemala? Regina, Sk! They lived there for 5 years before moving to Winnepeg, and eventually ending up here in Vancouver.

There was so much more that she shared with me about life in Nicaragua and Guatemala, about her and her husband’s quest to live where they could be free. Such an interesting, inspiring woman!

It’s experiences like these that remind me of how much I love my job and what an incredible privilege it is to do what I do. I get to meet and get to know people from so many different walks of life, people I would never get to meet otherwise. And learn from them and draw inspiration and ideas for my own life! I really do learn at least as much as I teach in my job!

I am feeling thankful. Thankful for the beautiful city in which I live, where I have infinite possibilities to live my life as I see fit. As Len put it tonight, we are reminded sometimes that some of the biggest stresses in our lives are the very substance of what some people in other parts of the world can only dream of.

 

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