Mariana and I arrived at the team house in Pipera right on time and ready to head out to Periș for Character Classes.
As we're sitting in the living room, just moments from walking out the door, Jen says (from the other room), "Uh, we have a problem..." The problem being that a pipe on the upstairs sink has decided to explode and there is water dripping into Jen and Jenny's bathroom on the floor below.
Jen turns off the water under the sink upstairs and grabs some towels. I grab a mop. Thankfully this bathroom has a drain so we are able to push most of the water down the drain.
We are able to get things semi-cleaned up and leave a mere 15 minutes behind schedule.
On the way to the orphanage it starts to rain and Jen remarks that she wonders how the kids will be today.
We find out when we pull up and one child tries to shove a sandwich through the window (he was offering it to us) and another calls Jen, "Girl" (not a very flattering remark here).
We attempt to enter the 1st classroom and are told the kids have to finish copying their work and to come back in 10 minutes.
We wait and decide that it may take more than 10 minutes for them to finish (they are in 3rd and 4th grade after all) and go to the 2nd classroom to start with them.
Upon entering we find one child asleep on several chairs because he's sick and the whole room in a general state of chaos.
As soon as Mariana starts to call roll one of the boys throws a fit because she calls the girls' names first (as is polite). This child then proceeds to punch the girl next to him out of frustration. After I make him stop punching her, he begins to throw sunflower seed shells on her. I forcibly remove him from his chair and sit between them. He becomes angry and hides under the desk. This is all before the story for the day is finished, mind you.
Said child eventually comes out from under the desk and completes his craft.
|A moment during which things are going well.|
|Finally making progress...|
|My child. The angel.|
Right about the time we were getting ready to leave one of the workers comes in with the afternoon snack: tuna fish spread on bread. When I say the smell was horrendous I'm not exaggerating. Even some of the kids turned up their noses. The room is now permeated with the smell of fish.
And then our time was up.
One class down, one to go.
We enter the other classroom and find that, thankfully, all the kids have completed their work and we can begin. However, with the smell of the fish snack, the humidity from the rain, the closed windows, and the general funk of little children, this room reeked. It was so bad my own child (who was coming to help us with the class) wrinkled his nose and said he'd wait outside until we were finished.
We start the class and, as usual, I'm situated next to the boy who has the most issues with paying attention. Also sitting next to him today are the two girls in the class with the most limited attention span. Yep, I got stuck with the ADHD crowd. Not really a problem but it always keeps me on my toes.
The little boy sits in my lap during the lesson and then I get up to help Mariana hand out the craft. At this point I notice there is a wet spot on my jeans where the kid had been sitting. All I can do is pray that it is *only* sweat or pee and not something worse.
The rest of the class is fairly uneventful. I mean, after pee pants what can top that?
I mean, who could say it was a bad day after seeing that face?