Learning the languages of hope from our new citizens.
January 29, 2016
Como esta ustd?
are taught as an adjunct of CPCC,
right before the holidays, our fabulous instructor, Kelly, remarked that very often Spanish 2
classes were not well attended.
The class needed 10 students to make.
I wanted to take Spanish 2 because I really
want to learn the language. I believe it is important to be able to talk to folks who are ever in my life.
I see the Latinos, hardworking, constant, polite, quiet, strong, steady, determined, children in hand,
comforting their elders or so it seems to me, they have grande corizon! Mucho trabajar!
I want them to know I share their values
and honor them. My new classmates come
from all over the world. They come at different
degrees and angles and different
times for various reasons:
to marry, to work, to go to school,
to be with family, to travel,
to seek, to build…to live it out, out loud!I was both surprised and delighted
when our first Spanish 2 class this past Wednesday
night (7-9p.m.) was almost a full house.
And they are outstanding. The people are so alive and energetic. I am taken by their stories
( told in Spanish, remember, this is Spanish 2)
their origins (one from Poland, another from
France and yet another from Saudi Arabia)
their place in their lives. I felt like a
very young child and
an ancient oracle.
Excited they were/are all in Charlotte with all
of their gusto and desire and curiosity and transparency and vulnerabilities.
I fell in love with the body of students for what I know about a classroom: one's protective cape is often shed at the door.
A necessity I believe to open the gates of the
learning center, the brain.
My spirit soared as I pledged to
myself to do the homework as soon as possible.And while I cringe and groan about the changes in our town and surrounding areas, I see Charlotte is drawing upon the world for her new citizens, her young leaders, her experienced teachers, her wise parents,
her emerging heritages.I can embrace the
metamorphosis when I feel hope.
And a big thanks to CPCC and MPHS!