Testing, testing, 1... 2... 3...
Anything? I'm trying to get one of my India videos up here...
|Everyday-- 4:30 pm. This is how we do. "Take photos" and "Antie, you help".|
|And just in case you haven't seen enough of my worn out no makeup face, hah|
This is it. This is the end.
I'm comin home tired.
|This is what the water we shower with looks like.|
|We walked to a nearby village. The people were running out of their houses to ask for "a photo" with us. Men, women, children, it was hilarious. We felt like celebrities.|
|This is how they do. Makes me miss my bike.|
|Cool kids on campus. I just love busting out my camera to see what kind of poses they'll strike. So funny.|
|Bug catcher (he's a favorite).|
|2 of my other favorite little monkeys.|
|The coconut trees are owned by someone else (money maker for the school, smart right?), so the kids throw rocks at them because any that land on the ground are suddenly Rising Star property and free game.|
|Pretty Priya. My reading buddy. Favorite quote, "cooties means??"|
|Naveen! Another favorite and long lost twin to my nephew Gavin.|
|Seriously, how magical is this place? It's so beautiful here (minus the humidity).|
|Rosie, (bunny ears) and G. Davy, my newest favorites, talented and beautiful girls. Video to come!|
|Standing out like a sore thumb. You'd think I'd have a tan by now, but no|
|Stylish man that lives in Barathapuram. I loved his attitude.|
|"Vannakum" is the greeting they use here, I cried a little when I found out that roughly translated it means, "I see the goodness within you." They use it so genuinely, look you in the eye and put their hands together when they say it. |
Why can't we come up with something like that? What's up, hello & hey do not have the same effect, ya know?
|Humble. Loving. Kind.|
|Humility. Meekness. Long suffering.|
|Patient of the week. She was hilarious. Plopped right down, soaked her feet and then called me over to cut her nails. No guile.|
|School next to the special ed school. Don't you want to make a music video here?|
|We get to be tourists on the weekends.|
|These are the ruins in Mamallapuram. Pretty cool.|
|We went to a beach resort, it was the most I've been able to cool down since getting off the plane.|
|Sari's for Sunday. More effort than getting ready for the prom. |
Wish everyone could experience being wrapped in one at least once in their life!
|Newest local temple built to worship their "town god". Interesting experience to say the least! We ended up donating (by force) quite a few rupees to them... Hah|
|Construction guys assembly line. Video to come. Super interesting to watch them work.|
|I washed this man's feet. Most severe case of leprosy I've seen. Such an intense moment in my life.|
|Also, a few people asked me to trim their nails. Under my mask I said, "I don't know if I can do this", but then I realized that this woman was relying on me. Me alone. I HAD to help her. But that's a story for another day.|
Okay, for my favorite part of the day! Rising star made my dream come true! My group was kind enough to humor me and follow me to this special ed school at the end of an already long day. I was so excited/nervous/overwhelmed to see what special ed would be like here. Just thinking about what it might be like this past week made me tear up on numerous occasions. So embarrassing.
*For anyone out there reading this that doesn't know, Special Ed is my life. I've been working with people with disabilities of all ages for the past 8 years of my life, and currently teach high school students with severe disabilities. So ya, it's kinda my passion.*
Imagine my excitement! I really felt like it was Christmas Day! (for the 2nd time this trip, hahah India really does amplify everything!)
|The school. Unfortunately everyone referred to as "the mental" or "the institution".|
Wish I could do something about that :(
|Wanted to take him home! He was classic, button pushing, hands flapping, repeating all my English, made me so happy :)|
|I'm getting cheesy now, but look-- smiles are a universal language.|
|Some of the kids would echo my English, "happy!" "ello!" "your name!"|
|Note the kid on the chair taking pictures. Find em? Ya, all these pics were taken by the kids. They LOVED taking pictures, I didn't have any control over my camera from the second I walked in the door.|
|Busy. The kids live here too.|
|I was in heaven. No common language but definitely made a connection with these sweet souls.|