Ah! Habits! Here it is, I've gone yet another day without posting! Please forgive me, dear and faithful reader. As a virgo, I'm prone to being conscientious, detail-oriented and generally pretty anal about order. So I should excel at keeping good habits, such as posting in my blog daily, right? That would seem like the logical outcome. But maybe my moon sign and my solar sign are in conflict and Jupiter is eclipsing Saturn this month and to make matters worse, my room isn't feng shui!?! If only I knew! Ok, maybe It's more likely that I just got up late again yesterday and spent last night chatting on Skype with Mike!
But I digress. Yesterday we had out first Halloween party for the children at the school. (We are scheduled to have our second and last one tonight). Danielle (the bubbly South African who also happens to be our senior teacher) had us coming at 11 AM to prep for the party that wasn't scheduled to start until 6 PM! She summoned the teachers to yet another meeting. I had suggested last time that we have a raffle instead of a costume contest, since most students probably weren't going to show up in elaborate costumes and judging who had the best costume out of each age group seemed too gosh-darn complicated! But Danielle didn't seem to have understood my rationale and was now proposing that we have several raffles (for each age groups) and several costume contests (for each age group as well)! She also believed that the raffle tickets should include a number as well as the child's age group. I was amazed by how she managed to turn my simple idea into such a complicated affair! Thankfully, the raffle idea was soon dropped and the meeting adjourned.
The teachers split up and started dressing the rooms with Halloween-inspired art. We were allocated 8 different rooms: haunted house, pumpkin bowling, speed mummy-wrap, pin the tail on the black cat, mask creation, musical chairs, face painting and coloring. I was assigned to the face painting room along with Beverly, a local teacher and a teacher's assistant. It must have taken us 2 hours tops to decorate our room and set up our supplies! Meanwhile, Danielle was running around like a chicken without its head, rushing to purchase more crayons and scissors at neighboring stores. I'm sure we would have been fine with the stock we had but I got the sense that Danielle would not have felt she was pulling her weight if she hadn't been busy every minute of that day!
I spent the remainder of yesterday helping Emily carve out pumpkin faces and bats out of black trash bags, chit-chatting with my colleagues and unsuccessfully trying to prepare for my week-end classes! (I'm starting to understand why my colleagues complain about the textbook!) My head started to throb from the mindlessness of it all and I wondered whether I'd be able to stay awake to greet the kids. At about 5 PM, Beverly, Colin and I started painting each other's faces with spider webs and scars. Danielle arrived a few minutes later with Minnie ears and requested whiskers and a red nose.
"Oh no, she said looking at her reflection in the mirror. Now I look like I have an enormous zit on my nose!"
"Do you want me to wipe it off ?" Beverly asked sweetly.
"No. No. That's fine. I'll just have people thinking I'm younger than I am. I hate how people always act surprised when I tell them I'm 30." Danielle lamented.
The solution seemed rather clear to me. But I kept my mouth shut.
A few minutes before the party began, Danielle summoned all the teachers and teacher's assistants to the back room. She perched herself (Minnie ears, painted whiskers and nose) onto a chair and I prepped myself for her inspiring speech. It didn't come. She simply thanked us twice for all our hard work. Couldn't she just have said that from the ground?