21We are ending our fifth day in Peru, and I have treasured three days at La Molina Language Center.  Each day is a lesson in graciousness, as my students teach me the meaning of the word by their attitudes and actions, and I teach them the definition of the word, as I thank them being so warm and welcoming.

I have come to understand that proficiency in English is a means to an end for them – be it further education, employment, or travel.  They are motivated and value their opportunities.

I am humbled to think that something that has come so easily to me, means so much to them.  But I have never underestimated the value of communication. Words have the power to support us, guide us, heal us, instruct us, and inspire us.

Words connect us in our common humanity, enable us to share our stories, and even more, to write new stories together. What an honor to be here.

Today I had a lengthy one-on-one exchange with a student. We shared our stories, which, despite differences in age, country of origin, and culture, had more in common than different.

Indeed, as Lauri said tonight at dinner, “Today, like everyday, is a little bit of heaven.”

Entry submitted by: Deb

Message of the Day – Maggie: “I alone cannot change the world. But I can cast a stone across the waters to create many ripples.” – Mother Teresa


Dinner tonight: fettucini with octopus and shrimp

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