All in all, a thrilling day

The day got off to a good start as usual with a great breakfast. Maggie as usual was chippery and got us all fired up for the day. Glenn provided the Message of the Day. Gloria gave us a wrap up of the previous day’s highlights, learnings, and experiences.

The night before (Monday) we had a heavy downpour. When we arrived at the daycare center we were surprised to see the tías scrambling to get the kids out of the daycare center and into the patio area, alongside the building. Apparently, the sewer pipes had backed up and water had flowed into the building. Once the children were on the patio area, we helped two tías provide a morning snack for the kids. The other four tías were mopping the water on the floor and also tried to push the water out the front door using two mops. Gloria and Maggie went to a shop across the street and were able to buy three mops. These helped immensely to get the water out. By 11:00 a.m. the floor was dry enough to get the kids back in. This was the second time in the school history that a water-flooding issue had occurred.


Shereen on the patio with children during the flooding situation – Boy, were they happy to be playing!


Glenn keeping the children busy


Glenn helping the children with interlocking toys

Except for this ‘surprising happening’, the remainder of the day went smoothly. Of course, we are getting used to the tías and children and the routine. There are six tías. We stayed with the same tía and her group of children for the second day. The children were familiar with us. They are well behaved for two and three-year-olds. The children took their usual nap in the afternoon from 1:00 to 2:30 p.m. We had lunch at a local restaurant during that time.

After the kids woke up, we helped the tías to prepare some of the material to be used for the next day. All in all, a thrilling day and we are certain the tías were glad to have us around with the ‘flooding situation.’ After we finished the day at the center, we hired a van to take us to the equator line, which is only 35 minutes from the daycare center.

Entry submitted by: Glenn

Message of the Day – Glenn: “‘It’s impossible,’ said pride. ‘It’s risky,’ said experience. ‘It’s pointless,’ said reason. ‘Give it a try,’ whispered the heart.” – Unknown

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