This post was prompted by Write on Edge. ----This week we’d like you to write a memoir piece about an unfulfilled goal or a broken resolution, beginning with the words, “I knew what I wanted."
I made my first trip to Hogar de Ninos Nazareth, an orphanage in Comayagua, Honduras, eight years ago. I absolutely knew I wanted to keep returning for as long as it took to see the children I’d met become adults. I also knew it was important to learn their language so I could communicate with them, in the future, when coloring and sign language no longer worked for the “tricky” conversations.
After my third visit to the Hogar and failing to retain much Espanol year to year (it takes practice), I asked for Rosetta Stone Central American Spanish as the big gift on my Christmas list. This was the same year I promised several important people I would return to them knowing conversational Spanish!
The back-story is I have two Goddaughters and many, many young friends who live at the Hogar. I visit them for a week every year in June through an organization called All God's Children. I wanted to better communicate with them as they entered into their very critical teen years as domestic violence is prevalent and education the way to a better life. They are all so incredibly bright. The children are enrolled in the best schools available in Comayagua and are learning English at a rapid rate, (speaking, reading and writing). Even the kindergarteners!
(Photos: Ester and me, Johanna-God daughter and Candi, Juana-God daughter and Miguel)
So entering into 2012, I'm yet again the lame one as the orphans out learned their Godmother four years in a row! Not the way I planned it. I also promised them!
I really wish I knew what I wanted a long, long time ago and stuck with Spanish when I was younger because it’s tough as heck to learn now. I also wish I would have started Rosetta Stone months ago (or four years ago) because June with be here before I’m ready!