On Thursday after Capstone, we took down the “I want to learn” poster in Slavin. Now that it’s accepted students weekend, it would’ve been interesting to leave it up and see what all of the guests on campus had to say, but the risk of leaving it up while students are unwinding after a long week made it probably not in our best interest.
On Friday, we got to spend what is comparatively a ton of time with our CPs! This week, Sonia brought more pictures of important events in her family. She brought a picture of the party they threw when Lily arrived in the US, another from a birthday party, one from when they went to a resort in the DR, and another of her with her co-workers in the DR. Through the photos, she told us about her family and also her job before she moved to the US. She used to be a supervisor in a textile factory that made pants, undergarments, and other clothing for stores like the Banana Republic and Gap (she mentioned others that I can’t remember). Lily worked in a factory too, sewing in the elastic part of bras. Sonia joked how Lily was always singing amidst the whirring of the repeated task. I felt like they were sharing a little more with us than they had before and we were all really happy to see each other after such a long time.
Sonia then prodded us if we had brought any pictures. I had brought my computer in with the pictures from the “I want to learn” poster, so we talked about some of them.
We talked about this first one, especially the “anonymous” comment in the upper left corner (written by one of us). We explained what it meant, and Sonia’s first reactions was “Ay ¡DIABLOS!” (devils!). As we talked more about how many students feel that way, Sonia and Lily revealed how important their church was to them. It was an interesting conversation, to say the least! Next, we tried to ask them what they would write on the poster. It kind of stumped them, brought the typical “too old to learn” response, but eventually Lily said that she thought the violin was beautiful, so maybe she’d like to learn to play it. Then we tried to transition into the other prompt we’ve used, “What’s the most important thing you’ve learned in your life?” Sonia said it was to appreciate her family, especially since she has come to live in the US. Lily agreed and told us that whenever there is a big storm here (or even now with the N. Korea nuclear business), her mom in the DR calls and says she should just come to the DR! They both laughed and were like, um, if it’s snowing, we are burrowing down inside our homes (when they’re not braving it to come to work), not leaving them!
Finally, we left them with a prompt to take pictures for next week. We wanted to direct it to “What is education?” We tried to get the ball rolling a little bit, asking what education is. It can come from school, but why not mothers or families too? Hopefully we get some photos back on it next week. We also asked them to hang a poster with the “What is the most important thing you’ve learned in your life?” prompt back where they and their coworkers would see it. We’ll see what responses we get!