Graduations

The past few weeks here in Dominica have been filled with graduations, and I’ve been lucky enough to attend 2 of these.  The first was at CALLS, where 12 hard-working high schoolers beat the odds and graduated, despite having to drop out of secondary school earlier in life.  CALLS gave them a second chance, and they completed their studies and internships, which is a huge deal.  These kids are amazing, and I felt so lucky to be able to celebrate with them and wish them well.

The following week I attended the St. John’s graduation with two friends.  There, we cheered on two sweet boys we know from In.Light.In as they graduated from primary school.  We felt like proud moms!  These boys are so great, and they looked especially dapper in their bright orange graduation blazers… don’t you love them?!?

It was a big week!  (Did I mention that it was a long week, too?  Each graduation ceremony was over three hours long!)  I love these kids and am so glad I’ve been lucky enough to spend some time with them and help them celebrate their big achievements!  You go, grads!

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Real White Lady

The other day I was talking to a 10 year old Dominican boy who lives down the street.  He asked to try on my huge sunglasses.  I handed them to him and he put them on and laughed.  “You look like a movie star!” I told him.  He smiled, took them off, and said, “now you put them on.”  So I did.  He looked at me and said, with conviction, “now you look like a real white lady!”

I am still laughing about this, days later!  Hilarious!