It’s an ordinary Tuesday in the life of an auxiliar, and here’s what’s on my mind:
1. Spain really needs us here. I was teaching a cute little lesson involving my kids reading about people from various parts of the United States, and was really excited that their textbook actually included something outside of the UK. Until I turned the page and found this in the activity book:
|Think they consulted an American for this?|
Madre mia. Those two little blobs are supposed to be Nevada and New Mexico, and they didn’t even try drawing the shape of New York state. I know that the exact shape of the states isn’t the point of the lesson, but how hard would it have been to get it right? I could have drawn them by hand more accurately. (Trust me, my flatmate challenged me last year to draw a map of the US from memory, and I did pretty damn well)
2. I’m getting through books far too quickly for the good of my bank account. I’ve been back in Spain for just over three weeks and have finished four books, mostly due to not being able to put The Hunger Games series down. I love all the time on the train each day I have to read, but it’s time to get back to the free, out of copyright material ——> Started Jane Austen’s Persuasion today.
3. I’ve scored just about the sweetest private class deal ever. I spend two hours a day after work sitting in a sun room out on a terrace, helping two wonderful little boys with their homework, while looking out over this:
On a clear day we can see from El Palo in the east to past Fuengirola in the west, and sometimes even across to Morocco. But even in rainy weather it manages to be beautiful. The nine year-old I work with absolutely could not focus on his work until the rainbow had been sufficiently documented, so this picture was as much for him as it was for me.