Cinco de Mayo, a little belated
Just when I think nothing my students do can surprise me, they surprise me.
As you may know, last Sat. was Cinco de Mayo, which is a significant day in Mexican history, but is by no means celebrated in Mexico to the extent that it is in this country. I still like acknowledge it in my classes, mostly because I want to set the record straight with the kids, so they know that it is NOT Mexican Independence Day and who Pancho Villa was (a total Bad Ass, I might add).
Well, last week, I just couldn't pull it all together and wasn't up for the kids having a Fiesta day on Friday. So, I told them they could festejar today. I typed up lists of suggested goodies they could bring to contribute. We've been reading about tapas, so I suggested a tortilla española, olives, manchego cheese, paella, etc.
A bunch of kids volunteered. I figured most of them would forget- just like they do with their homework.
But, you know what? Those little buggers came through. Several kids made flan from scratch. A girl made pineapple empanadas, another made sopaipillas, a kid in each class made a "tres leches" cake. Several moms made sopa de arroz and pans of enchiladas. Someone brought in tamales. The soda they brought was all Jarritos brand- and someone even made and brought horchata.
I love doing things with the kids in a "non academic" setting- food days, games, field trips. It's so fun to see them interact and to be able to talk to them one on one. They are so cute- several of them were really proud of what they made, as well they should have been.
And? Even though it was technically a non teaching day for me, I am exhausted.