What a day. Where do I even begin? Yesterday was jam-packed with activity and adventure. It began with me teaching a Life Skills Lesson and being observed by the head of the Education sector for Peace Corps Lesotho. After my class we met with all of the teachers and they had the students perform cultural songs and dances before we left. Ntate Clement felt very welcomed and all of us at Matholeng Primary School were radiating with school pride. I’m so thankful people from the Peace Corpsoffice have had opportunities to see my students and teachers; when Ntate and I got back in the car he said, “Now I understand why you love this school so much and why you don’t want to leave”.
Following the splendid school visit we began our adventurous trek across the Senqu River to visit a school where we hope to place a future volunteer. Let me preface what’s to come with the man who was driving deserves a medal and recognition for the world-class driving he did. The road was an actual road for maybe 20 minutes or so, but then the next hour brought a whole new definition to “off roading”. I cannot begin to describe the type of terrain we traversed; it was as if no hoof, no foot and certainly no tire had ever touched it! There were gullies, rocks, inclines, declines, you name it.
When we finally arrived at the school I had to pee so badly (all the bumping up and down did not help one iota). I was shown to the teacher’s toilet and jammed the door shut behind me. As I relieved myself I thought, “Gee, I hope I didn’t just trap myself inside” and lo and behold I had! At first I tried to open the door on my own but after the handle fell off I knew I was in trouble. I yelled “Ke kopa thuso!” (I need help) and some girls came over and tried to set me free but to no avail. Finally some teachers come and after the longest 20 minutes of my life I was released
Now I have (yet another) great story to tell my grandkids some day and I was the school’s entertainment for the day.