Check teaching for a year in Guatemala off the proverbial list of things to do, ’cause I’m done for the summer! I’m ready to tear through Guate con mi familia! I’ve a lot in store for them and I hope they’re ready! As excited as I am for my family to be here and for the school year to be at the end, it’s hard to say goodbye, even though I’m coming back. I’ve learned a lot and I hope I’ve taught a lot. I love my kids and I think they care a little bit about me. The following is what they wrote in my yearbook. I’m not showing you guys this so you think, “Oh Brendan thinks he’s great because his kids say he’s cool.” No, you’re getting to read this because I think its funny. I’ve left the grammar and spelling just as they wrote it (remember I taught English, History, and PE). They call me all kinds of different things from Mr. Scott, to Scottie, to Mr. 1999, to Brendan, only outside of school. Some of my students thought I was cool (I sure tricked them) and some didn’t think much of me at all. Over all, I really connected with a lot of the kids at IAS (my school). I love that they care about my dating life or lack there of. I really hope that God uses me in their lives. I want to see them use correct grammar and better spelling, but that may take a miracle. I guess I’ll just accept seeing them grow in Christ. So here are some of their quotes. They made me laugh and each has its own story. I hope you enjoy.
Being that apologies via the blog are all the rage right now (Mark Cuban’s, owner of the Dallas Mavericks, apology to K-Mart’s, Power Forward for the Denver Nuggets, mom) I would like to apologize to my readers because this blog you are about to read isn’t what you might expect and it isn’t the blog I wanted to write. So please bear with me for a minute or two while I complain. Two weeks ago I wrote about how running has changed me. How I was so excited to run in a half-marathon here in Guatemala. Well, shortly after I jotted my last blog, the half-marathon was canceled. Why? Swine flu. Wow! Swine flu must be really bad down there, you may be thinking. Well, in Guatemala there has been one case and that was about a month ago. Did you notice the “has” and the “one.” They both indicate singular and the “has” indicates past tense. So why cancel the race? I know that the swine flu isn’t something to joke about, but I think the Guatemalan government over reacted by canceling the race.