Often, I have the opportunity to help with Di’s English homework. Usually, I am frustrated because the teacher doesn’t even speak English. A typical assignment for basic students is to prepare a list of 100 irregular verbs in English – without the Spanish equivalent. I do not get this. Why are people teaching English in a school setting without being able to speak the language?
This week, Di had homework in her Activities class (I still don’t know exactly what that means). Her homework included making a salad of some sort, cooking a meat dish and baking a cake. Thursday morning, I had 5 giggling teenage girls in my kitchen trying to understand my Spanish enough to learn how to bake a cake. Di said that none of them had ever baked a cake, nor had their mothers??? Birthdays are not a big deal here – most people don’t even know their birthday.
They did a super job and ended up winning the prize for the best cake. More than anything, it was good to see Di in a group of her peers doing normal teenage things instead of constantly worrying about things a young lady shouldn’t even have to contemplate.
***Di in the burgundy blouse.