November 29

I’ve begun to write several blogs since my last update, but then I give up because I have so much to say, and just can’t seem to put it into words.

November really has flown by, as we all had anticipated.  Now we have 3 weeks, and 12 school days until the Christmas Program (and Christmas Break of course!).  Last weekend was the church retreat, which I mentioned earlier, and it went really well!  Aside from me being sick and running to the bathroom ever 10 minutes, it was wonderful!  Haha, I did spend a significant time sleeping and just relaxing, so that was nice. Here’s a picture from one of our worship times:

n1081742605_30200445_8292I’m not really sure what to say.  I’ve been going through times of such deep discouragement at times, marked by short times where I’m filled with so much joy that I can’t even explain.  I don’t even know how to be myself at times… if you’ve ever been overseas for a significant amount of time, I think you’d understand some of the things I’m describing.  It’s hard for me to think about making rational decisions about the future, when everything seems so cloudy at times.  My friend Joni and her husband Paul are the Youth Pastors at our church, and she told me once, “Here in Thailand, you never really feel ‘normal'”, which I think is the truth.  This isn’t my culture, this isn’t ever what I pictured my life to be, and therefore no wonder I feel so weird at times.  For the past week, I haven’t even been able to really eat Thai food.  That’s partly because when I got sick (for the second time) it had been because of some Thai food I ate.  So, I’ve been on an all-American food diet (consisting of : KFC, McDonalds, Pizza, Sandwiches….).

Anyway.  Our Thanksgiving day quickly passed, just like any other day that we’ve been here.  That night we did however eat a nice dinner ad McDonalds.  🙂  We will be having a dinner here at the school on Sunday with turkey, stuffing, pumpkin pie.. and everything else!  So that is definitely exciting.

In less than a week, I will also celebrate another significant event: my 6 month anniversary since arriving in Thailand.  I can hardly believe it.  It seems like it’s gone by really fast (which is good NOW I suppose!).  On June 5th I left home and arrived here in Bangkok.  In many ways, it still seems that I’m eternally stuck in June here.  It’s still hot, and everything is the same around me.  Weird.

Christmas break we will also have another two weeks off of school!  I’m not sure exactly what my plans are, but I will probably be heading back up to Chiang Mai to the orphanage we were at over October break, then a bunch of us will meet up on Phi-Phi (pronounced “pee pee”) Island to celebrate New Year’s together!  It’ll be nice to have another break, and try to feel not so far away from home over Christmas.

I’m told January-March goes by really fast, and isn’t quite as unbearable as things have been lately.  That’s a relief to hear.  Anyway, it’s now Saturday morning, and I’ve eaten my oatmeal breakfast, and now I’m going on a run before taking off to visit a friend downtown (and of course go shopping!).  Please keep me in your prayers, I know God has me here for a reason, and I need to hold onto the peace that I felt deep down when I first arrived here 6 months ago.  

 

Psalm 46

1 God is our refuge and strength, 
an ever-present help in trouble.

 2 Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way 
       and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea,

 3 though its waters roar and foam 
       and the mountains quake with their surging. 
       Selah

 4 There is a river whose streams make glad the city of God, 
       the holy place where the Most High dwells.

 5 God is within her, she will not fall; 
       God will help her at break of day.

 6 Nations are in uproar, kingdoms fall; 
       he lifts his voice, the earth melts.

 7 The LORD Almighty is with us; 
       the God of Jacob is our fortress. 
       Selah

 8 Come and see the works of the LORD, 
       the desolations he has brought on the earth.

 9 He makes wars cease to the ends of the earth; 
       he breaks the bow and shatters the spear, 
       he burns the shields with fire.

 10 “Be still, and know that I am God; 
       I will be exalted among the nations, 
       I will be exalted in the earth.”

 11 The LORD Almighty is with us; 
       the God of Jacob is our fortress. 
       Selah

almost the end of another week

Hello friends,

It’s almost Friday; I’m about to go to sleep which means I’ll wake in a few hours and begin another day!  So, I’ve decided I’m going to begin blogging about some of the every day happenings of my life here at GES, just to give you a better glance of my life these days!

Also, here again is the link to my pictures, which I am continually updating!  We just celebrated the Thai Buddhist holiday “Loy Kathrong” (I don’t know if that’s spelled correctly!), and have some fun pictures from that!  http://picasaweb.google.com/meridith.johnson

This is a short update, but check out this video from today.  We’re learning songs for our Christmas Program, and when Grade 3 began singing through this song, I was about to cry it was so sweet!  Anyway, they figured out my plot and began waving at the camera, but enjoy my sweet Grade 3 students singing about loving God!

November 11 update

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Friends and family,

Greetings from Thailand, sawatdeeka!  I can’t believe how much time has passed since I last updated you all.  Part of my delay has been because of how busy things have been, but the other part is due to some recent discouragement and just feeling quite burned out.  So to sum up the past few weeks:

On October 18th, we began our two week “October Break”, which marked the end of our first semester, and also now marks the half way point of our time here in Thailand.  I traveled with several friends to Cambodia, and we spent some good time on a deserted Island.. which was much needed!  It was a good time for reflection on the past 5 months, and time to pray about the coming months as well.  After about 10 days in Cambodia, we returned to Thailand, and my housemate Bridget and I traveled up north to Chiang Mai, which is the second largest city in Thailand.  We had a great time on motorbikes, and exploring the city, but I really started missing the kids by the second week of break!

Upon returning to GES, I was hit hard with sickness.  Strangely, it all began back on the day we left for vacation, and I’m STILL in the process of recovering.  Being sick has been part of my discouragement lately, but thankfully I’m now starting to feel better.

Last week, our first week back, we immediately hit the ground running getting ready for “Overnight camp”, which we left for last Thursday, November 6.  I went with the older kids (6th Grade-12th Grade) away to a camp that was about an hour away.  I also was in charge of worship for the weekend, which was also an interesting experience.  Honestly, in the 130 kids that were there, probably 15 are Christians, so I guess I just didn’t know how to approach leading worship for them.  We DO have chapels every week, but I’m involved with the younger kids for that time, so I rarely join the older kids for chapel.  Anyway, all in all, camp went well… minus several kids getting sent home for alcohol and guys/girls in each other’s rooms.  I hope it was an experience that later in life they will look back on and remember, even if it didn’t impact them at the time.

Something I’ve been thinking about lately is just morality in general, and what drives people to understand and know right vs. wrong.  I can’t motivate these kids to make good choices based on “doing good because you believe in God and are a Christian”, because they aren’t Christians, and don’t believe in God.  They go to the temple every morning or evening and pray to Buddha.  Some of them could care less about making good choices.  But I do believe in every person, there is an ability for people to know what is right and what is wrong based on basic human instinct.  In most movies, you see good and evil, and when you view these films, it’s easy to see and desire for the characters to choose right over doing what is wrong.  Anyway, it’s definitely had me thinking quite a bit recently.

I know discouragement is a natural part of any job you do, at any time in life, but I know right now it’s an attack on the work we are doing here in Thailand.  We are touching lives here and making a huge difference, and because of that, I know Satan is threatened.  We have 6 weeks until our Christmas Break, and in that time I will plan and put together TWO Christmas Programs, and be busy as ever!  Pray that I won’t continue feeling so stressed, overwhelmed and discouraged.  Other than the stressful, looming programs over my plate of responsibilities, I’m still really enjoying being blessed to teach Music here at GES, and I count it a privilege to teach them about who God is through those songs.

As of right now, I’m really missing American things… and the comfort of being “home”.. as in the States.  I know it’s just a season, so hopefully it will be over soon, as it makes being here more difficult mentally and in other ways.  

 

Here are some things you can be in prayer about for me:

1. Planning and preparation for the Christmas programs
2. Regular teaching/ planning
3. Leading worship for our upcoming Church retreat (November 21-23)
4. Getting through  the holiday season without missing home too much 😦
5. Continue to be a light to all the students at GES through actions and words

Please also be in prayer as I constantly have the future in mind.  God has given me the grace to be here in Thailand for now, but the more time that passes, I have realized the depth of my passion for worship, and to pursue worship ministry.  I will be beginning an online Master’s degree in Teaching starting in January, through Liberty University, which I’m looking forward to, but I’m not quite sure that will determine my future. 

I miss you all, and would love to hear from YOU!

With love from Thailand,
Meridith Rae

https://somehowbeautiful.wordpress.com 
meridith.johnson@gmail.com
1.541.255.2159

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Spiritual Warfare and PE

What happened today in gym class will forever be imprinted in my memory. I’m still in shock thinking about the situation.

At GES, this is the first year we have began to have Korean students enrolled at our school. From the beginning of the year, there were many problems right off the bat. I have two Korean students in my 7th grade PE and History classes, so I’ve tried to build good, trusting relationships with Airy and June. At the beginning of the school year, we had several problems with Airy in classes. There were a couple situations with her male English and male Science teachers, so we began to pray for her, as it was clear there was something going on deeper down that we might not ever know about.

She had episodes where she would throw herself on the ground, scream and cry, and just throw fits and yell loudly in Korean. Of course we would try to be understanding, but it’s hard when there’s a serious lack of communication in the entire situation, on both parties.  GES is GLOBAL ENGLISH school, we are NOT an International School, so most of our students are Thai.  But, the reality was and is that she was thousands of miles away from home, and away from her parents, so it’s no wonder she acts the way she does.

Airy left Thailand for over a month, and none of us really knew what was going on with her. Every time I spoke with June, or the other Korean students, I told them to tell her I missed her, and hoped she was well. (There are about 6-8 others who are all somehow related to each other).

Anyway, Airy showed up at classes again about 3 weeks ago, but she seemed more relaxed that before. Of course, I could never count on her to attend History, or even PE. Last week, she just up and left PE because she “felt bad”, and didn’t think to tell me, her teacher. She’s always very defiant with me, and never ever seems to think the rules apply to her in any way, shape, or form. I have to confess I definitely lack a compassionate heart and understanding for her right now.

Every Thursday from 2:10-3:10 Grade 7 PE class joins Grade 5 PE class for usually a game of Dodge Ball or something Dodge Ball related. So today was a bit different because it started raining pretty hard just around 2 PM, so both Miss Shaela and I gathered in the Gym for PE.  Today we decided to start out with some “team building ” activities where they would be forced to work together and decide how to acomplish the goal we set before them.

Anyway, things were seemingly going really well.  Airy was her typical self, not wanting to participate in any of our activities, so I worked with her a bit on understanding what we were asking.  Not more than a few minutes later, I walked over and came to see that she was literally STRANGLING one of our new students in Grade 5, Tanna, and shouting “SAY YOU’RE SORRY!” over and over again.  I was just in shock, and finally asked her over and over again to let go of him.  Tanna just stood there looking like he was about to cry because he just had NO idea what was going on.

Miss Shaela took charge of the situation and invited Tanna to come outside of the gym with her, and also asked Airy to come with her.  Airy made it clear that she was not going to go outside.  By this time there was a crowd of students listening and watching as the situation unfolded.  

I then began to distract all the students as Miss Shaela continued to help solve the problem.  They finally walked out of the gym, and I continued acting like it wasn’t a big deal, so that none of the kids would be worried about the situation.  I then had all the kids sit in a circle, and as we were settling into our spots, Airy bursts into the gym yelling histarically in Korean and walking up to several students specifically and acting as if she was going to physicially hit them.  June then started yelling at her, and then at all the students warning them to be careful.

I tried to ask June what she was saying, but he acted pretty upset as well, and bursted out of the gym (I didn’t know at the time, but he had gone upstairs to get some of the other Korean girls- her cousins, to help in the situation).  At this point Shaela and I were in shock, but knew there was a chance that harm could come to our students.  Shaela had to hold Airy physically with all her strength to force her out of the gym, and all the while Airy was still shouting in Korean.  On the way out of the gym, the entire rack of shoes was knocked over, and Airy had begun to PUNCH Shaela with all her might.  (Mind you, Airy is pretty small, and I don’t think this was her actual physical strength at this point).

It left the students in shock.  Me as well.  We called our Administrator, and the other girls also came downstairs.  Airy had just completely lost it, and was still throwing a fit outside in the rain.  Shaela came back to the gym fighting tears as it was just a shocking experience overall.

I know there is some demonic presence in her life, and it’s hard for all of us teachers to know what to do.  Lisa, who is a missionary here in Thailand, has really helped in the situation, really has encouraged us to continue to pray for her, and be understanding.

It’s a good wake up to remember that we are in a battle here on earth, and people do live with demonic presences in their lives and hearts.  Obviously it’s a difficult situation to witness, but I know something good will come out of all of this.  

Ephesians 6:11-13

Put on the full armor of God so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand.

pictures and short update

Tomorrow is the big Talent Show I’ve been organizing.. which is why if you’ve tried to call or email, you may not have gotten a response.  I’ve been so stressed about it, but after our practice today, I’m feeling much better about everything.  Basically I’m the “Director” in charge of EVERYTHING, but the nice things is that the students themselves have prepared the acts, so I don’t have to worry about that!  I’ll post pictures when it’s all said and done!

To get away from the stress, a few of us went to see “Mamma Mia!” last night… it was AWESOME!  Okay, if you hate musicals, you may not enjoy it as much, but by the end of the movie I was ready to DANCE!  It was so cute, and reminded me of all the songs my parents used to sing to us back in the day :).  

OH, and in Nonthaburi, and every other city near the river are preparing for a potential flood! September will be one of the rainiest months in Thailand, as well as into October, and apparently some of the cities north of us have had some flooding, so everyone is gearing up, and stocking up on food.  We all have been buying water, and non-perishable food items to keep in our rooms upstairs, and as soon as it looks like it will flood, we’ll have to move all our furniture upstairs, and then be trapped in our house if it in fact DOES flood.  Of course, if we know in advance, we would evacuate up north to Chiang Mai, but it’s difficult to predict when or if it in fact will flood.  BUT, if we are trapped, I have lots of nuts, small soy milk boxes, peanut butter, and cereal.  Such a great selection, I KNOW!  🙂

Good news, we have 43 days until October break!  I can’t wait!  I’ll be flying to Cambodia, then taking an overnight train to Vietnam with several friends.  Should be a great relaxing break, and I’m excited to sight see around the both countries!  (I’m not sure if I already talked about October break, but it’s quite possible I did, because we are all looking forward to it!!)

Anyway, I’m praying a lot about what the future will bring, even though I know I have plenty of time to decide.  All the schools in Thailand are beginning to expect much more out of foreigners who want to come to teach, so if I do stay, I will for sure need to begin pursuing a teaching certificate, or MAT degree this January.  Decisions, decisions.  

Here’s a video I’ve made with my pictures up until this point.. for your viewing pleasure:

Thank you all for your thoughts, prayers, letters and emails!  May God bless you all!

what i miss the most

Let’s be honest here.  Is that okay?  Well, I am making it okay, especially because this is MY blog after all.

I don’t miss “home” per se, but there are many things, comfort things, that I miss about the United States of America.  The things that are “normal” here in Thailand aren’t really “normal” to me, and that makes sense.  I didn’t grow up here, and I’m certainly not completely understanding of all those things after being here only 3 months.

  • I miss my car, and being able to go anywhere anytime I want.
  • I miss huge salads from Red Robin.
  • I miss being able to speak in English when I go somewhere and have people understand me.
  • I miss not feeling like I stick out wherever I go.
  • I miss not sweating all the time, everywhere you go.
  • I miss my hair being normal.
  • I miss Sarah being around to cut my hair.
  • I miss being in the same time zone as everyone.

I’m sure I could extend this list longer.  Some things have begun to ware on me, but I know those things will pass.  Don’t get me wrong, I love being here in Thailand, but sometimes I just wish I could know what the future holds.  I could see myself staying here for longer than just one year, but then again I could see myself coming back to the States.

I’m not the best at trusting, and for that I must confess that I have depended too much upon myself.  I know when I begin feeling overwhelmed that at that very moment I need to stop, and begin to pray.  For I know at that moment I’m relying on myself and my own strength.

The hardest is not knowing.  For a while I did so well at not worrying about the future and taking life one moment at a time, but right now I’m worrying, and asking many questions that I should leave up to the LORD.

Pray for me.  Pray for all of us teachers.  Thailand is a place where it is easy to get discouraged, and I myself have been dealing with that lately. 

God is good, and God is so faithful.  I know this to be true.  That doesn’t stop me from wanting to bawl my eyes out right now…. I’m not even sure why.  

Thanks for listening friends, again, please pray for us.  Everyday we give and give to students who do not know the LORD, and that alone can be quite taxing, and can seem very energy-consuming.

This song has been a blessing to me, pray these words of truth wherever you are today.

“Desert Song” by Hillsong

Verse:
This is my prayer in the desert
And all that’s within me feels dry
This is my prayer in the hunger in me
My God is the God who provides

And this is my prayer in the fire
In weakness or trial or pain
There is a faith proved
of more worth than gold
So refine me Lord through the flames

Chorus:
And I will bring praise
I will bring praise
No weapon formed against me shall remain
I will rejoice
I will declare
God is my victory and He is here

Verse:
And this is my prayer in the battle
And triumph is still on it’s way
I am a conqueror and co-heir with Christ
So firm on His promise I’ll stand

Bridge:
All of my life
In every season
You are still God
I have a reason to sing
I have a reason to worship

End:
This is my prayer in the harvest
When favor and providence flow
I know I’m filled to be empited again
The seed I’ve recieved I will sow

 

 

“Does Sorrow lay his hand upon your shoulder,
and walk with you in silence on life’s way, 
While Joy your bright companion once, grown colder,
Becomes to you more distant day by day?
Run not from the companionship of Sorrow,
He is the messenger of God to thee;
And you will thank Him in His great tomorrow —
For what you do not know now, you then will see;
He is God’s angel, clothed in veils of night,
With whom “we walk by faith” and “not by sight”.”

2 Corinthians 5:7 KJV 

apologies

Apologies dear readers for my silence as of late.  The weeks continue to slip by, I still can’t believe it’s AUGUST!  Not only that, but the 18th of August.  Time surely does fly by, that’s for sure.  Schools back in the states are starting up and summer back home is quickly fading.  It’s also weird to think that weather back home will turn to fall in about a months time, and here it may only cool down to the 80’s during November and December.

School, and everything related to school is as busy as ever.  My current project will be the first annual GES Talent Show!  This will be September 5th, and right now I’m in the process of auditioning groups, and working with students on putting some acts together.  I’m nervous about it… I’m just hoping everything will come together for the big day.  

I’m getting more involved with my church, CCC (http://www.cccthailand.org). I’m helping with the youth group, and have enjoyed getting the youth pastors, Paul and Joni.  Yesterday, we had our big youth kick of night, and I along with my friend Jonathan lead worship for the kids.  There were about 60 kids that showed up, and overall the night was a big success.  Most of the students are apart of the International school: ISB (International School of Bangkok) which is one of the top schools in all of Bangkok.  It just so happens to be located right in Nichada, the International community (the church is also located in Nichada).  So, it’s a very interesting mix of students that come to the youth events.  Some aren’t really even Christians, or interested in Christianity, they just like hanging out and having a good time. The families in this community are EXTREMELY wealthy and work for companies like Chevron, Nike, and some work at various Embassies here in Thailand.  And when they say “international” it really is international!  There are people from EVERYWHERE!  Anyway, I’ll be helping out with the Jr. High girls house group beginning next month, so that will be a great way to invest in some of their lives.  I will also be leading worship pretty often now for the main services at CCC.  I’m excited to get to do some teaching about what worship really is.. through action.  The church, as I have described, has an interesting mix of people, and every year there is a huge turn over rate with the dynamic of the church, so starting a fresh new year will be good.

Haaaa.  Another week ahead of us.  Like I said, time has been passing so quickly, and the weekends even quicker!  I’m enjoying my time here still, like I’ve said many of times, to many of you, I’m so blessed to be apart of what God is doing in Thailand now.  It’s a great place to live, seriously!  I’ve been a little homesick, but it’s quite funny to me, because I only get homesick during the weekends (usually) and it’s almost always when we are on our way out to Nichada for church.  I don’t know why… the place only reminds me of Southern California!  Maybe it’s just the west coast I miss, and not really anything in particular.. I don’t know!

Physically I’m doing great.  I’ve had few issues at all with my stomach, and I’m just feeling great!  I’ve been training to run a half-marathon, which I’m not sure I will actually be ready for, or able to run since it’s not here in Bangkok. Either way, I’ll be running a race at some point during my time in Thailand, I just don’t know when yet!  I joined a gym not too far from here in one of the bigger malls.  It’s nice to get away several evenings each week to work up a good sweat… My friend Heidi and I take a class called “Body Jam” and it’s the highlight of my week!  Learning dances.. and all they speak is Thai, so you kind of stand in the back and try to follow what they are doing.  It’s great.. good music, and the moves are so “sexeeey” -as they say!  (Everything that ends in an “i” or “y” is automatically pronounced “eeee”.. FYI).  

Spiritually, the LORD has been doing so much in my heart, it’s hard to even put it into words.  I know this experience will go with me whatever comes after my time here, and I feel so blessed to be experiencing everything I’ve been able to so far.  I’m still learning to trust him fully.  I’m still learning to follow in faith.

On a closing note, in about two months we have our long awaited “October Break” which marks the end of our first semester.  I’ve already purchased a plane ticket to Cambodia, and I will be traveling with several other teachers around Cambodia and Vietnam for about 8 days, then returning to Bangkok and heading down south (not too far) to a few beaches here in Thailand.  All of us are looking forward to the break.. even if it is two months away!  Should be exciting.. another group is headed to Nepal to hike some of the trails beneath Everest!  CRAZY!

Hope you all are doing well, please do email me when you get the chance!  I love hearing from you all.  And of course you can phone me anytime as well (local 541 number!).

Blessings and His Grace to you all,
Meridith Rae 

meridith.johnson@gmail.com
541.255.2159 

Here are a few pictures from our holiday last week (the Queen’s Birthday/Mother’s Day).  We went shopping downtown at MBK, then to a small, quaint French place for dinner; “Le Cafe Siam”.

it’s wednesday

Today may appear to be another Wednesday here in Thailand, but actually, it isn’t.  Though it says “Wednesday” on the calendar it’s screaming… “FRIDAY!!!” to all students and teachers.  We have Thursday and Friday off this week, due to a Buddhist holiday (God bless the Buddhists, even though they are going to hell, we get a holiday out of it… was that a little harsh?  I’m sorry.)

So, most of us are very jittery today, all looking forward to 3:40, when that last bell rings.  Tonight myself, my room mate Amanda, and two of our Heidi’s are flying out from BKK to Phuket, a tropical get-away down south.  Never mind that this area is where the tsunami hit four years ago, but the towns have all been rebuilt in that time, and it’s only monsoon season, so hopefully we won’t see any tsunamis (if so, then you might be reading this, and I might be dancing in heaven.. but let’s hope not!).

I can’t wait to get away!  The weekend may be a little pricy, but that’s the whole point of living cheaply while we are here, and then saving up for weekends like this one.  I’m not totally sure what we have planned.. we will have quite an adventure when we get there. 

As far as teaching goes, starting next week all my Art Classes will be taught by another Thai teacher, and I will take over Grade 7 History (two hours per week) and spending the rest of my time preparing and organizing a school choir here at GES.  I’m quite excited about it, but very nervous about where to begin in the process of it all.  I know I will for sure have auditions for all the students, and from there, we’ll see how many are actually interested.  It may be a wide range of ages, Grade 4 through 12.  BUT, I have a feeling most interest will be from Grades 4-9 mostly.  I must say I’m looking forward to having someone else teach those Art classes.. that was very interesting.  

Alright, well there’s much more I could write about, but I am teaching a class in just a few minutes.  God has been so good to me, and I’m so thankful to be here, still.  I can hardly believe it’s been 6 weeks already!  Time has certainly flown by, and I’m just loving it here.  Continue to pray for me, just for patience as I teach, and for guidance with regards to beyond my year at GES.  I’m discovering more passions I never knew I had, and that will certainly have some amount of influence on my future pursuits.  

In HIS love…

just another day in Thailand

It was a typical Tuesday morning.  Well, I guess every day is quite different here at GES, but this particular Tuesday morning I had woken up earlier than normal since I had taken two naps the day before (after taking a pill for my sinuses that definitely was NOT non-drowsy).  So, I woke up, got dressed and ready, then ate some of my pineapple that I had gotten from the fruit man the evening before.

After our usual Tuesday morning staff meeting, I sauntered over to my classroom to find some enthusiastic Grade 4 students ready to greet me, and of course wanting to come in and enjoy the air con.  

We walked into the room, and they all commented on how much it smelled.. which I discovered the day before.  Lisa joked with me saying “I bet you have some dead animal in your air con!” to which I could only laugh.. not possible.. right??

Seven and several of the other students wanted to see Google Earth, so I showed them my house back home, and they were trying to show me theirs.  In the midst of the excitement of the morning, we heard a noise coming from the air con.. all of us (me included) began to scream; there was definitely something ALIVE in the air con moving around.  I quickly shut off the power, and the noises continued above our heads.  After more screaming, we soon saw a tail hanging, then a claw.  At that moment we all RAN for the door.. some strange creature had had enough of being up in the air con!  Before we knew it, there was definitely a RAT that fell from above, and was obviously quite frightened as it ran in circles around the room.

It found safety in one of the many cupboards with a handful of recorders.  I gathered a couple of my Grade 9 students, and by now there was a large crowd of students gathered at the Music Room door, too afraid to come in.  There was more screaming and drama, but finally we got the rat to come out of the cupboard, and I used my trash can to trap it.

Before I could come up with a plan of how we’d get it outside, one of my girls grabbed it with her bare hands, running out the door to throw it in the near-by bushes.. not to mention it was biting her all the way!  She of course then had to go to the hospital to get a rabies shot, but was present later that day in my Art class.  WOW!  What a brave girl, that’s all I have to say!

It was all the talk all day around campus, but definitely gave me something to laugh about.

Life is pretty funny.. you must admit.

 

So, my room still stinks and I don’t know what to do about it.  The music room is the place for many happenings; I’ve had two students throw up in the middle of class, and one bloody nose.. not to mention that I’m currently breathing toxic poop-air.  I need to find a way to remedy this.  Soon, before I pass out!