Back to School

DAY 17, 31-day #lovelife challenge.

“Whatever you love, you are.” ~Rumi

A shopkeeper sprays the hose

on his stoop, and gets my shoes just a little

I don’t mind.

I am skipping down the sidewalk.

Coffee and notebook in hand.

So very excited.

“Buenos Dias, señor.”

I say with a big smile.

“Hoy is hermoso”, I say.

He waves back at me,

with a little smirk.

And pretends he’ll get me

Again with the hose.

Yep I’m a tourist.

And I’m on my way to my first day

of Spanish class.

Hace 32 anos, tomé mi Primera clase en español.

Yeah it’s been awhile. 32 years since my first class.

I am so happy.

I’ve wanted to do this for a long time.

My teacher is Emmanuel.

He is young and lovely.

And is enjoying my exuberance.

I am excited about how much

is coming back to me.

We are working on past tense

and verbs as I know present already.

I took Spanish in high school

and never used it.

It has always bothered me

that I can’t speak it.

I love words and I can understand

quite a bit of Spanish.

It’s the speaking it back

That’s been the issue.

I’ve used Rosetta Stone, I practice on Duolingo.

But there is nothing like speaking with someone else.

Immersion.

My student exchange was to Ireland

And when I was 24.

Like it says on the back of the shampoo bottle.

Lather, rinse, repeat.

Class is over and

I walk back to the hotel with the signs

Looking a little more familiar.

Overheard conversations are a little clearer.

Jeers a bit more colorful to my ear.

With some pep in my step.

Homework in hand.

I’m back to school.

and I love it.

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Written by Head Maven & CEO, Heather Newman, Creative Maven

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