I am sipping my last paw paw and mango smoothie before we hop on the plane to head to the land of strawberries and peaches.
And delicious overpriced coffee drinks.
The classroom door is dismantled
and some of us already got a jump start on our New England summer vacation.
As we make a full circle, ending our first year as international teachers and students, we hold on to the experience you gave us.
We hold on to it with our fingertips, like a sweet slippery candy.
Like a luscious chennette that lives in a perfectly ingenious package
or a passion fruit heart whose flavor takes you by surprise.
We will pack you into the suitcases of our minds
along with the colors,
and the silence
of Port of Spain.
While we are away,
we will dream
about your trees that look like regal Carnival women wearing fancy feathery hats,
about the sharp quench of fresh coconut water,
and your kiskadees that perch anywhere and everywhere.
Thank you for this experience, you have taken us in and taught us many lessons,
not the least of which is how to be stronger and better equipped to embrace change.
You didn’t give up on us when we wanted to quit.
You just kept on shining your unrelenting brightness right at us.
We will see you in a few weeks.
this humble family of jumping hamsters.
The green mountains and your new neighbors await you! xxxx
you are so blessed and you absorb it so well. i hope to see you over the summer xoxo nancy
One Tumavicus-Pereira seems to have made a smooth transition back to Vermont (though tonight, it’s New Hampshire), and has perhaps not missed a beat re-connecting with local friends and frolic. We are mighty glad to have him (when the 2 are home), and look forward to some picnics and swims with the rest of you. Safe journey!
We can’t wait to see you!!
Lovely…photos & words.
Ellen: you, me , Mary, while you’re here this summer? Hoping, Eliz. P
Here’s to a lovely summer for you all!
What a treat to read your words Ellen. Hope to see you soon! Safe travels back.
Wonderful, as always! 🙂
Ellen! Junie came by today and told me of your blog! It is lovely. The photos transport me to the islands… Thanks so much for sharing!
So glad your adventure is going so well Ellen. Your family is beautiful!