I have to say, waking up, opening the newspaper and seeing this:
Pretty much started my day off on the right foot. How funny and ridiculous is it that this is front page news on BOTH Indian papers? I love it. Was this front page news at home?
At the daycare today we started doing the handprints on the walls that Charron suggested. They look gorgeous and the kids loved doing it, it was so thrilling for them to have their hands covered in paint. When we’re not there, the kids sit in rows on the floor quietly writing on their chalkboards, so we’re basically there to make them act like the 3 year olds they are. We just did Shweta, Shinam and Sahil today, but here are a few gleeful paint covered kids:
Also, a nice shot of our wonderful teacher with Sahil and Shweta (another Shweta – she’s Simona, my co-worker’s favorite – we argue over which Shweta is the queen of the Shwetas! They’re both fantastic girls.)
Shweta and Shinam’s mother and little brother (Gopal) were there today, and I took a family portrait. What a gorgeous family. (That’s two older sisters standing and a baby brother in mom’s arms – the gender is not apparent, I know.)
After my placement today I went up into McLeod for lunch with Amy, Polly and Tanya. I had a fried tofu sandwich that was heavenly. And we saw a guy who could be a clone of Zac Hanson, which made my 13 year old heart soar a little.
When I got back to the CCS office, to my complete surprise they told me that I had a “parcel”. The Easter Bunny had come to visit me in Dharamsala! I got all kinds of delicious chocolate goodies, plus jelly beans, Pez, a little stuffed sheep, and a framed copy of the picture of me holding Nikhil and Monica at the orphanage. I don’t know how you found me, Easter Bunny, but thanks! What a surprise.
So I’ve stopped having “morning sickness” and my appetite is back, at least for now. Life in Dharamsala is a little happier these days, I’m glad to report!