Last Class Day Finally Arrives

            Today, Friday, is the last teaching day I will have at this school.    My Business English students, 1st years,  will finish their conversation tests by 9:30 a.m. Meanwhile, my second year students in English Education Class 102 will be having the last group teach the class. 

My last group of 2nd year English Education majors get ready to teach the class. Everyone is relieved to be done!

 Photo Ops are Starting         

        Since I’ve been with the 2nd year students longer, it’s a bit harder to say goodbye.  Yesterday, the 102 class invited me out to take pictures around the campus.  We spent 30 minutes in the sizzling sun, standing in front of trees, sitting on benches, and posing next to flowering bushes while a student photographer snapped away.  I just planted myself where I was told and let the students surround me again and again for numerous shots with their foreign teacher. 

          “Come on!  Don’t be shy!” our monitor encouraged her classmates. 

          This would be the last time we’d be taking pictures together.  Everyone knew there wouldn’t be a second chance so they took full advantage of it.  I don’t think anyone had less than 3 pictures with me in different settings with different poses.  I’m happy they were so excited to get those last memories of our time together.  They will treasure them for many years to come.

Big Rains Hit

          Over the past week, we’ve been having gigantic black storms blow in during the afternoons.  Mornings, we’ve all been roasting and dripping in sweat during class time but when the downpours hit, it has been a blessing to cool things off. 

          These rains are the greatest blessings for the plants.  My own balcony flower pots have really struggled under the glaring sunshine, even when I water them twice a day.  The overcast skies and torrents of water pouring down have livened them up immensely, especially my poor rose bushes which just don’t fair well in direct sunlight.

         As for our campus garden which the elderly have so painstakingly cultivated, it is flourishing as never before.  Their garden plots of squash, beans, corn, eggplant, carrots, cucumber, hot peppers and numerous other vegetables are thriving. 

         In between classes, I’ve stood outside the classroom and gazed down upon our garden paradise in awe. Just look at it grow!  Pretty amazing, huh?

God’s Water is an amazing thing, as our elderly’s garden can attest.

I’m looking forward to a restful weekend before tackling packing up all my things into boxes.   Never a very pleasant thought. From Longzhou, here’s Ping An (peace) sent your way.

About connieinchina

I have been in the Asia region for 30 years as an English language teacher. 28 of those have been spent with the Amity Foundation, a Chinese NGO that works in all areas of development for the Chinese people. Amity teachers are placed at small colleges throughout China as instructors of English language majors in the education field. In other words, my students will one day be English teachers themselves in their small villages or towns once they graduate. Currently, this is my 13th year in Luzhou Vocational and Technical College. The college is located in Luzhou city (loo-joe), Sichuan Province, a metropolis of 5 million people located next to the Yangtze River .
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2 Responses to Last Class Day Finally Arrives

  1. Teresa Shaw says:

    Connie, I’m so happy you are returning to Luzhou! I know you love it there and the people there love you. Enjoy your visit home in August, my prayer are with you and your dad.

  2. Kate Lindsay says:

    Connie…..Good Luck with your move. Packing and Good-byes are always a challenge. Fuyang is getting a new teacher in the Fall…..Greg is coming from the Philippines most recently, but a former police officer and high school teacher. Have shared your blog site with him. Also, a friend of many years sent me the name of a woman at Wright College here in the US, who is coming to Dailian this summer to do some teaching. Dayna Foster is completing a Master’s with a focus in ESL and anticipates moving to China when she completes her current GAO position. She might, also, be in touch with you. I’ve shared CWS and Amity info with her.
    Am signed up to receive your blog regularly now…..finally.

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