December 20, 2010

Graduation Day, Panama

At the Instituto Guadalupano, being graduated from Kindergarten and the Sixth Grade are considered important milestones, acknowledged by an elaborate  "recognition" ceremony, including gifts and a special mass later in the week. Our little dude is the only "gringo" in the group... alas.  Ditto, as far as I could tell, during our 15 hour, non-stop Independence Day Parade, where William marched with his classroom in his ethnic dance costume.
The little ones wore cap and gown. It was a darling celebration.

Maestra Vielsa is practically an institution here,
having taught many of William's friends' parents!

Abram & William in uniform, graduation day.

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News About The Boys

Mrs. Bliss told us there is a caterpillar here that is pink and fuzzy, and, if you touch it, its fur will stick in your skin and sting you! This happened to her daughter, Aylana. It was very painful and they had to pull the fibers out using tape! There are also scorpions and snakes, but I think there are more poisonous snakes in Florida.

William is busy, busy. In the morning he does his home schooling (Dad is his teacher!). Then, around 9:00 he rushes happily off to the local, Catholic, Spanish-only school where he audits the 4th grade! He's been doing some skim boarding but we are seriously missing the skating. Surfing looms in the near future. For a change we finally have kids on our street to play with, (not to mention dogs and roosters, snakes, toads, etc.) and it is wonderful making new friends. Still, William really misses his friends and family back in Sarasota. It's wonderful to get messages from the folks back home.

We send a special "Hello How Are Ya?" back to Nolen, Max, Connor, Emily W. and Teah!

Larry is Mr. Handy! Between homeschooling and making repairs on the house, he is never without something to do. And we have gone from never seeing him, to having him around all the time. Hmmmmmm.....

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