Home Sweet Home / by Alan Strathman

Today is my first day back at school after having taken emergency leave because my dad was ill. Actually I went to Tampa twice.  I went to Tampa on March 10th, returned to St. Lucia on the 17th, went back to Tampa on the 23rd and then came back to St. Lucia on April 3rd. Sadly, my dad passed away on March 25.  He was 93, in bed at home, surrounded by his family. He went as well as we could have hoped for.

Today, my first day back, is also the second to last day of the term. I wanted to come back before the end of the term so that it did not feel like  years since I had been there. But there is no point in coming to school today.  No work happens during the last week of the term. And very few boys attend. Today 5 Grade 1 boys showed up. Here is a picture of what the day looks like.

Five minutes after I took this pic, Rashad, the awake boy fell asleep too. The other two boys are asleep in a different corner of the room.

Five minutes after I took this pic, Rashad, the awake boy fell asleep too. The other two boys are asleep in a different corner of the room.

I am ready for the two week Easter break. Week 2 I will spend on Guadeloupe with Doug, PCVs Ellen and Terry, their friend Pam, and PCVs Mary and Steve.  We have rented a house and will have a great time.  I am ready to rest and relax from all that has happened for the past 5 weeks.