Remember playing MASH as a kid? We both did it all the time, so I loved that they do, too. They also play the letter game — name a place (say, Nepal), and the next person has to name another place that begins with the last letter of the first place (so in this case, you could say ‘Liberia’ based on the L in Nepal). In their version of hide and seek, you make sure the person finding has to keep doing it by tapping him on the back and saying “tappa-tappa.” My favorite new game is a pinching game, though: You say “same pinch” and then name something similar between you and the person you’re pinching. Simple, ridiculous, and I should probably be discouraging it…but definitely my favorite.
We spent a lot of the day rehearsing our dances for graduation, since the volunteers are expected to honor the graduates with performances. Kate and I have five left feet between the two of us, but we’ve been having a blast making fools of ourselves so far.
Yeshwini, one of the STF girls, even taught me some Bollywood moves. I was predictably not that great, but as she says: “Everyone is a dancer. Just maybe you haven’t found your dance yet!”
And in between all the dancing and rehearsing and pinching games, there was even some learning happening today. I taught the graduating class how to write research papers. They were attentive, which made me feel like I was actually a teacher, instead of just pretending for a little while. (Grads, if you’re reading, that was a joke. I’m completely legit.)
Next week, I’ll be teaching a four-day travel seminar for a few students who are traveling to Japan (including Yeshwini!). Has anyone been there? I’d love to get your tips!
And as always, leave have for us or the girls, and we’ll answer them soon!