Today is a New Day - Camryn Clement

 

Today is a new day!

You can start fresh, wipe the slate clean, and begin again.

Today you can embrace kindness, practice compassion, stand up for justice, talk to strangers, ask for help, offer hope, listen with your whole heart, work for the common good, and love well. You can be the change you wish to see in the world

 

Hello everyone, this is Camryn reporting  live and well from Chamba, India. After three solid days of travel, I’m here, and I’m so happy. Exhausted, but happy.  Today, Monday the 20th, was the first day of teaching. From the very beginning, with all twenty-seven kids lined up for their morning prayers, peeking over to the seven strangers, I realized just how hard it’s going to be when I have to leave them. We started our school day by teaching them to respond to “Alligator alligator” with “chomp chomp”. Once they had figured out how the arm motions worked, we split off and began our individual lessons. The first group of kids I had were fifth class, and for the most part picked up what I was trying to teach. Their favorite part of the lesson was for sure when I pulled out my photo book from home and showed them my friends, family, and pets. They got to the point where they could not only point me out in every picture, but they began to recognize all three of my brothers, and remembered their names. The hardest part of today’s three ring circus was most definitely when they would say something in Hindi over and over again, waiting for me to understand. Our translator, Priya, was so helpful in explaining our crazy American games, but she could not get them to tell her what they had been repeating over and over again so she could translate. As soon as she walked over, they became silent and their blank little faces just looked straight up at me. Our school, in Dulla, sits high up in the Himalayas, and looks out over the beautiful river and crazy big mountains that aren’t just tall, but endless. The school consists of two small classrooms, a small bathroom with a sink nearby, and two very small patios-one in front, and the other on the roof of the classrooms. Anuj was my lifesaver today. The smartest nine year old I’ve ever met, he acted as a mini translator, understanding almost everything I said, and explaining it in Hindi to the other kids. He stood out from the start, as the leader of the prayer, it was easy to see he knew what he was doing. With his little green sweater over his school uniform, we caught him dancing to the song we had taught him earlier. I love these little kids, and I can’t wait to force you all through my endless photos. I really am living the life, and I’m just not sure if I can leave this amazing place. If someone could mail some pizza my way, I’ll keep in touch ;) 

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