I’m not sure what happened to spring this year. This was probably the coldest winter we’ve experienced in Mexico in our brief 6 years here. A couple weeks ago it finally started to warm up to the 70s and the lows were trying to leave the 30s. In the past week, we’ve topped 80s and the lows are now in the mid to upper 40s. It feels like summer to me. Bright, blue sunny skies…breezy and dusty. Yup. Summer. Here. Now. Love it!
I hate to talk about the weather. That’s what you talk about when you can’t think of anything else to mention, isn’t it? But we do have other stuff going on…it just seems rather routine.
We’re still enjoying our weekly co-op classes. Beth is teaching turtles in science class and her literature circle finished To Kill a Mockingbird a few weeks ago and is now covering The Scarlet Letter. My literature circle is finishing Hate That Cat (poetry) and heading into Walk Two Moons. Both of these are by Sharon Creech. I love all her books. Love That Dog was her first poetry book and if you’re teaching elementary poetry, these are excellent tools to use. PE classes are enjoying soccer.
At this moment, Beth is waiting for Kristin (& Justin) to arrive for their weekly Bible study. I’ve been encouraged by my Bible study on Mondays with Jason. He’s devouring the Bible each week as he’s reading through the New Testament for the first time. I was just aiming for him to read a chapter a day but in about 2 weeks he finished Acts through 2 Corinthians, reading the latter in one day. He doesn’t have a lot of time for reading since his work week is 6 days and he’s also doing a self-study in English and continues to borrow history books from our library. He loves to read and he loves history. He only made it through 3 chapters of Galatians this past week so on Monday we read the last 3 chapters together and summarized an overview of the book. I think we’ll enjoy Ephesians.
Jason has been covering large portions of Scripture while Kristin has been plodding along. He tells her she’s not reading enough but then Beth notes that what Kristin is reading, she’s really getting and she’s applying to her life. They’re kind of funny when they pick at each other over stuff like that. Our conversations after Bible study can be a mix of awkward to comical at times. They’re growing and coming along, and that’s the main thing.
I last filled up the fuel tank at a PEMEX gas station (the only kind in Mexico) that I don’t normally use. Apparently, this particular station is giving away a compact car this summer and for every 100 pesos of fuel purchased, they’re giving away one entry form. The attendant rounded my purchase of 440 pesos up to 5 entries (I tipped him a little extra…but I have no idea why!). I’ve seen this kind of “raffle” before and have always just thrown the entries away. Knowing Jason and Kristin would love to have a car again (having sold their big Ford van to Jason’s sister a few years ago when they desperately needed money), I gave the entries to Kristin. She thanked me several times.
I laughed about it and mentioned how the chance was pretty slim that they could win the prize. She said that Jason’s dad always gives her these entries when he gets them too and that since they hadn’t won anything in these types of giveaways for a long time they were “due.” I explained the “gambler’s fallacy” to her and said, “so if you flip a coin three times in a row that comes up heads, the next flip the chance of being heads is…” and she interrupted me and blurted out, “It’s gotta be tails!” Oh…ok…you know some people just aren’t going to understand stuff like this. lol
English classes are going OK. My Saturday classes have been dwindling. The last couple weeks I’ve only had one faithful student. The other 2 or 3 that were coming have had some schedule conflicts or something. One never knows what the real reasons might be. So, maybe they’ll be back, maybe they won’t. We do struggle at the location as it isn’t in a nice area and some people don’t feel comfortable there. I think more so due to the local church meeting there, the community center has a “religious stigma” attached to it. This is a real problem but we have no idea how to solve it yet. At least we do see some folks from the community come and that is at least a start. My lone student is not a believer so this is a plus. We often see the church folks come to such classes and despite our encouragement to them to invite and/or bring unsaved friends, neighbors, relatives, co-workers, etc. with them, they usually don’t.
Finally, I’m enjoying my new bicycle which I purchased at Academy Sports in Laredo, TX a couple weeks ago. It’s a Scwhinn Suburban Sports bike. I had a local bike shop adjust the spokes. It bugs me that Academy Sports gets away with selling new bikes that need repairs but I didn’t have time to wait for them to make the adjustments. I had one shot at picking up a new bike so I could not have waited a week.
The front suspension forks and the comfy gel seat situated on a hydraulic-like post work great for our bumpy streets. I’ve ridden into the center of town a couple of times the past few days. It’s not only been great exercise but provides an adrenaline rush too. I think I’m probably risking my life riding a bicycle on these streets but I’m trying to be as careful as possible. I also try not to do the things that I see other cyclists doing that nearly get them killed. Like ride around in black clothes at night on unlit streets, in the middle of one-way streets going the wrong direction. I almost hit a guy like that last night coming home from ESL classes. I know there are cultural and educational issues at work when people do such things that seem to me to be simply dumb and illogical. Or maybe it’s just that the person is dumb and illogical. I don’t know! Whichever it is, I’ll try to avoid those kinds of risky habits. I don’t think I’ll have to work at it too hard.
Well, Kristin is here now and I’ve got three hours before a team meeting with the other men at our new local Wings Army. I still can’t believe San Juan del Rio now has an American wings place. Today is buy 20 and get 10 free…hmmm…should the four of us go with 30 wings or 60 wings? If I’m riding the bike over there, I’ll say 30. If I’m driving, I’ll say 60. I don’t think I’d make it back on the bike if I eat 15 wings! The tough decisions that missionaries face. Maybe we should pray about this one. 🙂