Hi Friends! Please enjoy this special guest blog post from Lisa Marshall who is visiting Kopila this summer. Lisa is a wonderful teacher and beautiful friend. xo
I'm so happy to be back at Kopila Valley and wanted to let you know what we've been up to for the last week or so.
But first off - THE CHANGES! Kopila has changed so much since I was here just over a year ago. Everywhere I look I can see the hard work and dedication that Maggie, Tope, Jeff, Libby, Lexie, Emily, and all the aunties and uncles have put into the classrooms, the school, the curriculum, the house - it really is blooming just as a kopila should.
And there are so many more teachers! It's fantastic!! I've been working side by side with them each day at the school, and teaching English also. We're carrying on in Libby's tradition - reading novels, working on writing skills, learning LOTS of vocabulary, and generally having an awesome time.
Monsoon has made everything lush and green. It's beautiful in pictures but in person it's absolutely gorgeous. The mountaintops disappear in mist, night jasmine and hibiscus are blooming, and we have absolutely delicious tomatoes, cucumbers, and saat (spinach) growing all around us.
Another big change is how tall everyone is. I just can't get over how grown up everyone is looking and acting. At the school I'm relearning names because after a year of growing I hardly recognize anyone, and at the house I'm still doing double takes - is that really Kalpana? When did Birendra turn into such a handsome young man? And Big Naveen - guys - he's REALLY big, and has the voice of a world-class baritone to match!
As for the week's happenings - things started off pretty calm and quiet, and then Bishal brought the house down with a dramatic "rain dance" on Wednesday. He was on the roof with the other boys playing an illicit game of tag (Tope has made it clear they aren't to be up there in the rain). I wasn't there, so I can't say exactly what happened, but just before satsung a mob of wet children stampeded into my room. Bishal was being carried along with them - a mildly stunned look on his face, hair matted down with rain water, and completely naked. Boys will be boys.
Bindu was at the head of the pack, excitedly telling me Bishal's head was bleeding, that it had been cut. I was worried - but also confused - why wasn't he crying? I figured it was nothing and that the kids were just hyped up because of the rain. But as Bishal turned around I saw a sizeable gash smack dab at the back of his head! Of course then I was freaking out, wrapping him in a towel, running him to the medicine cabinet, and calling for Tope. Long story short - he needed three stitches, was back from the clinic in less than two hours, and never shed a single tear!!! It's healing up just fine, and he has managed to give the gauze wrapped around his head a Rambo-esque flair.
Other than that we've all been skating along, reading stories before bed, enjoying milk tea in the morning, and loving life.
I am so happy to see everything that makes Kopila 'Kopila' flourish. And I'm so grateful to be a little part of it... Maggie Miss - you've come a long way from that first dusty day of school. Namaste.