I had a CONVERSATION at the grocery store this morning ! ! ! It wasn't simply answering a yes or no question. I wasn't talking to an English speaker or even someone who understood English. No. I, Kaylene the foreigner, had a 30 second conversation. With a stranger. In the grocery store. Granted my Hungarian I'm sure wasn't correct or even full sentences, but the point is, she understood me. And I understood her.
In other news, my fifth graders seem to be developing a conscience. I mildly corrected two of them this morning which rendered profuse apologies from both of them. Earning their respect has been the struggle. Having their respect is empowering. For them and me and for what we can accomplish together.
I love my students. I am discouraged and saddened by the thought of leaving, especially as I see how time invested, multiplies for better relationships and more opportunities to share the Lord. If I leave after ten months the work seems incomplete. But this is my hope and confidence.