Monday, December 20, 2010

the beauty of busy, the beauty of nothing, and my Buchanan stage debut

This post was written on December 18.

I’d like to thank all of you who have given me such positive feedback about my blog. The emails, facebook wallposts, etc that I’ve received throughout the past months are all nice reminders that I’m not just writing to myself. But it’s becoming increasingly apparent that while I could write for days about my latest cultural observation, or the random sentiment of any given moment, I kind of suck at the whole writing-about-what-I’ve-actually-been-doing thing.  So I’ll try to give you a summary update every once in a while.

Today is Saturday and this is my first ‘nothing’ weekend in who knows how long.  ‘Nothing’ doesn’t mean nothing, of course…today, before 9AM, I had already been to prayer, gone jogging, had breakfast, washed clothes (HANDwashed, mind you (sorry, just gotta throw that in there)), and cleaned my room.

By ‘nothing’, I mean it’s the first weekend that I haven’t had to attend one or more major activities away from Buchanan. In past weekends, these have included visits to different churches, two different Harvest Festivals, the Kottayam Mixed Voices Choir Concert, celebrating Jim’s birthday, finally seeing Harry Potter!, and a memorial lecture given by Dr. Michael Kinnamon, General Secretary of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the USA. 

While each of the above events could probably merit its own blog post, time won’t (nor your interest, I’m sure) permit this as the power is currently out and my laptop battery life is running low. Suffice it to say that they were all super :) This weekend, however, has so far proven to be an enjoyable time of rest and relaxation with the hostel girls. Sometimes it’s nice to just do nothing. Even if ‘nothing’ is chores.

Other noteworthy events of the past few weeks…
-attended a housewarming
-went on a fieldtrip with the students of one of the Lower Primary Schools where I teach on Wednesdays
-went to a funeral. Betty Kochamma’s brother passed away :(

In addition to these events, the normal routine has been progressing as usual. Teaching English at 5 different schools keeps one busy, you know. Also factor in the writing project, my Spanish class, visits to the KNH hostel, activities with my own hostel, and the myriad activities that have been occurring—well, I’ve been a busy girl!

On a parting note, I will tell you that last week I was asked to teach a dance to some 5th grade students for the Buchanan Christmas Program, which is taking place on Thursday, December 23. This has been more of a joy than I ever could have anticipated, and it is more than obvious that the girls are thrilled that I’m teaching them. They have picked up the steps well, but have trouble remembering the order; without my direction, all turns to chaos. So while there were originally supposed to be 11 girls dancing to Mariah Carey’s ‘All I want for Christmas is you’ on stage in front of the 1000 students and teachers of Buchanan, there will now be 12. Except one of them isn’t in 5th grade. She’s actually 22.

“My advice to the women of America is to raise more hell and fewer dahlias” –William Allen White


  1. Dear Madison, you're so funny!!! LOL!!! Merry Christmas!!!!

  2. Hey Madison, Just stopping in to say , Merry Christmas! Love reading about you adventures!

    Love and Shalom,
    Holly Smith

  3. Madison,you don't "suck at the whole writing thing" You are an excellent writer and I have heard many comments from people. I think it is just that people see your blog post on facebook and read them. I can't tell you how many people have commented to me about your blogs. Everyone I know reads your blogs such as friends and family. Some of them just don't know how to respond or can't figure out how to respond . Love Mama

  4. Mom, I think you mistook my meaning. 1) I was saying thanks for the large amount of positive feedback I've gotten (I was NOT saying that there was a lack of it), and 2. by pointing out that I hadn't given many updates on what I've been doing recently, I was setting the stage to do just that (later in the post). There was no negative tone to any of my words.

    Merry Christmas to all, and thanks for reading!! :)

  5. Cool to add your own little touch of Christmas to the program. I bet the hand washing has become second nature to you now! We are just spoiled by these "machines" jajajaj
    Regards from everyone! Novenas are in full swing...still remember when you found baby Jesus and got $100...Remember??

  6. I really like your quote. hahaha.

    Actually, and I mean you already knew this with your awesome gremlin growl RESP, I like all your quotes.

    Did they record the dancing by chance?? I've been singing "All I Want For Christmas" too. Hittin' those high notes!!! "baby all i want for chrriisttmmasss isss to rrerrrrrrr, with my roomiiiieeee!!!" heheheheheh