Christmas in Costa Rica coincides with the end of the school year
and the start of summer vacation, so there are a lot of reasons to celebrate.
at Casa Mango’s & Casa Papaya’s “get cool” pool.
The day was overcast
– what’s that about? So unusual for this time of year.
But that’s what they mean when they talk about “global weirding” –
so the kids were a little shy at first but they got “into the swim of things” soon enough.
Hot-dogs, watermelon, and brownies.
Steve filled water balloons for a game of catch. And for firing at the boys’ “parade”.
He also got pretty good at making balloon hats.
Al final, the kids were awarded for personal characteristics that Becky, my fellow teacher, and I had discovered in class. Imported mardi-gras beads from my sister, Janna, proved “tradeable””. Heizel won for “loudest”, Kevin as “best dancer” and Elmer received the popular vote for “most valiant and athletic”.
It was a great time and gave the teacher and the school’s cook a break for one of the last days of the 2011 school year.