ESL Holiday Party
Jian got into the car last week and handed me an invitation to come to her holiday party in ESL class. This is the first time in a year and a half that she has allowed me to come to her school for an event. And she didn’t want her dad or anyone else to come this time. Also, there is a Santa Sprint fun run this afternoon, which I am not invited to. So, I was very excited to go this morning. The invitation said that the kids would be making a Christmas ornament and that we should bring a covered dish. I woke up early and cooked a batch of paleo omelet breakfast muffins. I make these from time to time, and Jian and I love them. She became nervous on the way to school that nobody would like them and that I needed to make “real” muffins, like bread.
When I walked into the ESL room, I was absolutely shocked. It had never even occurred to me that I would stand out like a sore thumb in this environment! There were about 30 students, siblings and parents with darker skin, mostly Spanish speaking, the 2 teachers, and me. I really had to laugh at myself for never thinking about this before. Jian came in and was her usual independent self. She worked on making her ornament, asserted herself appropriately and ask the teacher for help when she needed it. She had to make all of the details of her ornaments just perfect, of course. I mostly kept a distance and observed everyone. She allowed me to come closer for about 5 minutes to watch her, then suggested that maybe I should go over and talk to her teacher. OK, good job using kind words to express your wants.
I made Jian a plate of some of the authentic Mexican foods, but mostly she and I ate our omelet muffins. (Everyone else seemed to like them too!) That sweet girl is “coming right along” as my dear Uncle Bennie would have said. It really makes me happy to see how comfortable she is feeling and blending right in with her classmates. Maybe next year she will permit me to come to the Santa Sprint too!