Full Circle

Twelve years ago when I was five years old I was living in a foster home in San Gil, Columbia with my foster mom Doña Flor before I was adopted to the United States. I have a clear memory from that time of being a five year old going to school for the first time and having some college students come to teach us a little bit of English. Yesterday I was sitting in an after school English program for Mexican kids here in Todos Santos helping out with their lessons and I realized that I am now getting to be that person who is helping someone else learn. I liked that connection.
For the kids here, their English is pretty good because there is an after school non-profit called Palapas Society that helps them learn and there are also lots of Americans (gringos) here because of the tourism, so they hear it a lot. So I helped a little with past tense verbs (which I can remember learning) and thought back. We played some bingo and put letters in place. My life has been like that – putting letters into place, making words, making progress one step at a time.
-Joe (José)
(Here are a couple photos of Jose. Check back for photos of his work with Palapas Society.)

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4 Responses to Full Circle

  1. Bryan Jauregui says:

    What a great story! And thanks for all your help on all the service projects Link students!

  2. I love this, Jose. Thanks for sharing!

  3. Isn’t this what the Links School is all about — paying it forward. Whether it is about a kindness shown us yesterday – or a decade ago. As parents, teachers, staff and students — we have to privilege of letting our “neighbors” know that we have not forgotten — and that we sow the seeds of what has been harvested in our own lives. So grateful for all that you are discovering about yourself, and the world that has loved and nurtured you. blessings Jose’ — I loved what I witnessed of your selfless service at camp last summer. You are a living example of Mrs. Eddy’s statement that “giving does not impoverish us in the service of our Maker, neither does withholding enrich us.” k.

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