Hello friends : ) that's right yo no hablo español means I don't speak Spanish! so how am I teaching an English class to Mexicans one might ask?
Each year a large group of Mexicans from Cancun come to Custer to work for the summer. The reason for this is that many more people come to Custer during the summer than live in the area full time. The restaurants and hotels here close in September. They begin to re-open in April and by Memorial Day our sleepy little town is bursting with activity!! This provides literally hundreds of jobs for 5 to 6 months so our government allows people from all over the world to come here to work for the season.
To say that we have befriended the Mexicans would be a very watered down picture - rather we have adopted each other! They have become family. Never! in our lives have we enjoyed so much love poured out on us.
I know this is getting too long so I will try to quickly explain the reason for my post today. This year there is a new gal from Mexico City to join the team. She speaks a little bit of English but not really enough to enable her to work with the public. Our friends have asked us to try to help her with conversational English. So guess what we did for our first class?
We made cards! : ) She had never made cards before or played with all the many tools of our delightful hobby and she was thrilled!! It really was a challenge - especially at first but "Google Translate" to the rescue! and by the end of our session she had made some beautiful cards and improved her English vocabulary quite a bit : )
These are the cards that I created as samples for her to follow. I wanted them to be very easy. I demonstrated each step from cutting the card stock to signing her name - and she in turn demonstrated the same process to my friend, Diane.
It turns out she is a natural!! I will be sure to photograph HER cards after we meet again tonight to play more!! : )
My cup runneth over! what could be better for this lonely Mom and Grandma than to be able to open my heart and crafty place to such fine people!! - sharing my love of cardmaking with someone who has never had the luxury of a hobby.