Ever since I began working at the school where I currently work I have heard of a little ditty called “The English Festival”. Apparently, through out the year we’re basically preparing the kids for this big show that they have to put on for their parents at the end of the school year. Well, as of yesterday – we are all free from this end of the year monster that we all feared students and teachers alike. Day and night we practiced, rehearsed – over and over and over again. The kids were sick and tired of going over the same thing over and over again. But they did really really well, and I couldn’t be more proud of them. My little Mars class has improved and learned so much throughout the year – it’s honestly going to be devastating to see them graduate. I already have a couple that are mentioning not coming in for the weeks at the end of the school year and it’s prematurely upsetting me for what’s to come.
It’s been a long, productive and playfully Earth shaking week. I started my week hosting what I think is going to be my last get together for my little pseudo family. We bought pizzas and wine and talked about how great life was going to be once again after the English Festival. It was a lot of fun and for a couple of days after my abs were still hurting from laughing so much with them. I love my friends and my boyfriend so much … it’s unreal. The next day though — when I got up to go to work, the STRANGEST thing happened. I’m not sure if I bumped into it the night before and didn’t realize, or someone else bumped into the door … or what happened, but my close door was weirdly unhinged and impossible to open. I COUDN’T GET DRESSED IN THE MORNING! I showed up to work later than usual with clothes that I somehow managed to rip out from the side of the closet that I somehow forced open and I had to wait for Stuart to come home with me in the afternoon to fix it. No lie, it was really scary! I can’t believe I practically have my entire life in my closet and it’s impossible for me to actually function in society without it. I had no money, for my purse and my wallet were inside, I didn’t have my coat, for it was hung, the dress that I’d separated for that day was also inside, I couldn’t reach for a pair socks which were in my drawers … etc — it was a hot mess, I looked like a crazy person. Thankfully, as I mentioned in another post, my boyfriend can fix anything! ❣ฅ(⌯͒▾ ˑ̫ ▾⌯͒)ฅ
For most, if not the entire week I have been going over the show with my class. So much so, that whenever I mentioned the word “drama” they put their heads in their little desks and sighed with an air of disappointment. For their sanity, this day hasn’t come soon enough, and now that it’s over, I hope they just go back to being the bright beautiful children they are. Even to the last day the little angels did as they were told and without much complain they put on the best show they could.
I didn’t get a chance to photograph them or film them during the actual show because everything and everyone was so busy. Yesterday was so intense I couldn’t even think straight. I managed to get a photo here and there of the kids but their time was so consumed by multiple activities it was hard to just have them to myself for a few minutes to enjoy their laughter.
I’m really glad I have a job that I enjoy, but that I don’t have to AT ALL bring home with me. It gives me a chance to go out and explore as much as I want. I went to a really cool place in Itaewon with Stuart. I think it was some sort of an imitation of a British pub. They had delicious mac and cheese and french fried to DIE for!
Then, on another night, he took me to a Mexican restaurant that I can’t remember the name of right now, but that’s typical of me … I don’t know why … but I can’t remember the name of this place every single time I want to remember! ୧(﹒︠ᴗ﹒︡)୨
The best part of all was that instead of chili … because I can’t eat it since I’m a vegetarian … they were able to replace it with an entire bowl of tartar sauce that I enjoyed until the end. It was delicious! It made me so soooo happy — I haven’t had tartar sauce in a while and it was just what a needed for a quick pick me up from being tired.
I also cooked for myself this week! Because I almost never do it — it was one of those big accomplishment moments. And let me tell you it was delicious! It has been an extremely delicious week thinking about it. Filled with yummy treats both for my taste buds and for my eyes since i get to see the delicious boy that stole my heart every single day! -(๑☆‿ ☆#)ᕗ
I’m not sure if anyone besides me knows how hard these kids have worked day and night to accomplish the play they put on yesterday. Obviously, their individual parents are going to celebrate them individually – but I’m talking about them, collectively, as a class. This school has very high standards for all their students, and as much as my kids are really smart and witty, they can be a little moody and at times kind of emotional. But … that’s why I was so perfectly placed with this class. I’m exactly the same way. They get offended easily, they cry at the drop of a hat, they throw temper tantrums when they don’t get their way, they don’t understand why some things are the way they are, and though I might not express it in it’s entirety, them and I aren’t that much different.
They really are a lovely group of kids that have made me the happiest I have been with a class since I left here the first time. Not that the kids in the other school weren’t awesome, but I didn’t get the chance to bond with ALL of them as I have gotten this time around. Working with a franchised school and working for a private school is certainly very different, and though I can’t pick my favorite, I have definitely enjoyed working with these kids.
Yesterday got WEIRD though … for some reason, perhaps for my appearance, or my personality, I draw in a lot of people that wish to protect me, to take care of me, to love me, strangers that become more attached to me than they should – or at least create a bond with me without me being aware of it. There’s an older Korean teacher at the school that loves loves loves me. She proved that and made it very clear yesterday.
I thought, since I had to be at the school anyway, I would just camp out and just stick around until my next group of kids had to perform. I was sitting at my desk in the teacher’s office minding my own business playing my Hello Kitty restaurant game on my ipad when suddenly a Korean teacher places a tray of gimbap next to me and tells me I should eat, when I said “no that you I’m a vegetarian” this older Korean teacher was passing by and heard what I said. I guess she couldn’t stand the fact that I wasn’t eating anything, she grabbed a paper cup and physically started picking out the pieces of the gimbap with fish and crab on them and proceeded to feed it to me. In a way, a very sweet gesture, she wanted to make sure that I ate. I guess she’s not half bad when I think about it, and if she has been in the care of children for twenty years, as she told me yesterday, then that action of feeding me with her own chopsticks came from a very loving place.
Everything had been fine until the end of my second performance when I decided to go home.
Because it was such a large gap of time between performances I thought I would just come home and hang out for a little bit. I started looking at potentials schools where I would like to work next and then I saw the time … 4:30 pm the clock read. “Good” I said to myself, “I’ll just close my eyes for a couple of minutes until I have to go back to school for my last show” and proceeded to cuddle in bed. Not realizing of course that I should be in school at least a half an hour early for my 5:30 performance. At around 5:16 I wake up all groggy – look at the time and say, “oh, I still have a couple of minutes before I have to go” … then I looked at the clock again …
I started throwing things around my room in an attempt to get to my dress, my jacket and my shoes so I could run to the school as fast as my tiny lego legs could take me. CLACK CLACK CLACK CLACK my heels cracked onto the pavement as I ran – I texted Tyler as I was running “ARE YOU IN SCHOOL??? OMGSH I’M LATE!!” Then, as I ran in front of the church near my house I see a pizza delivery guy rushing past with this delivery scooter. “SSTTOOOOOPPPP” I yelled extending my arm and waving my hand. He wasn’t sure why I asked him to stop – he looked highly confused. “Straight” I said, pointing — he wasn’t sure what I was talking about and said something in Korean. I didn’t have time for that so I hopped on behind him and yelled “STRAIGHT” and pointed. He did as I told him and then laughed when at the end of the long block my legs flung off of his scooter and my shoes once again clacked against the pavement. “Thank yoouuuu” I waved and yelled. He did nothing but laugh out loud and continue on his merry way. I made it to school literally a few minutes before the kids went on since they were ahead of schedule. It was a good way to end the day. It was a fun day at school — I laughed a lot and Tyler teacher even wore the bow tie I gave him! (๑>ᴗ<๑)
I had a good time this week. Besides having the weight of the world on my shoulders, since I have not yet found a job … the people around me make everything so ok, that I they make me wish I had more so I could give them more.
Besides losing my kids, they’re the second reason why the end of this year is going to be so painful. I’m going to be losing them. The people I have laughed and cried with for an entire year. These are one of the best memories from a job I have ever had and I’m just so happy I was able to create them with these lovely group of people.
And lastly … to celebrate the conclusion of what we’ve been working on for such a long time – Stuart took me to a beautiful hookah place in Hongdae and we basked in a delicious cheese platter.
It has been so long that I have tried real cheese at an actual place (that’s not my house) it made the night perfect. Of course being with him, everything is already perfect … but this just gave everything a little pizzas!
I know that the reason why we went out was to enjoy hookah – but the cheese was so delicious it was insane! I have laughed so much this week it’s unreal. I am SO ready for next week. I’m hoping it’s going to be the week that we are finally placed and the being on edge about finding a job finally dissipates.
I am SO excited for everything and everyone .
Life is so beautiful. 〜(￣▽￣〜)