Today Brad and I met our principal. I was in the middle of preparing breadfruit for lunch and Brad was beginning to eat when a girl at the door told us to call the secretary. We walked to the school since we didn’t think it much farther than the pay phone we would have to use.
We received tentative schedules although they were very likely to change with one of the teachers deciding in recent days to go to Cuba to study. Mr. James certainly has his work cut out for him in organizing the school. Teaching here is challenging but an administrator has it worse.
We were able to meet Mr. James since the hurricane went north and caused nothing but very little light rain on Dominica. I was also joyful to hear it missed Antigua. The nervousness over Gustave made me lose some sleep. I caught up on some by taking a nap.
I made lime juice for the first time today. It wasn’t too bad.
Today Brad and I attended the Methodist church service. Because we stood out, we again we’re asked to introduce ourselves. This is the third church where I’ve had to introduce myself. When the minister learned we were Peace Corps workers, he used us as an example of today’s sermon from Matthew 5:13-16, lights without bowls. It was slightly embarrassing but satisfying. One of my purposes, actually my purpose in life, is to serve God. I don’t feel that I am making a great sacrifice but it is a sacrifice which I would like seen as an example of service to God.
Before the end of the service it was announced that there would be a hurricane watch. We began preparing by calling Maryann and securing sufficient supplies. I made my first call to the states to Ann Marie to alert her and give her the Dominica Peace Corps office number. It was extremely difficult getting through with a card and I ended up calling collect.
Today we went to market. It was the first time to go there as big time buyers. I was so excited I had to go home to get a plastic bag for everything I wanted to buy. I passed on some oranges thinking that they would be there when I returned. Brad was wrong to support that poor thought.
I bought cucumbers, limes, two varieties of bananas, potatoes, and a breadfruit. I cut up half of a cucumber to eat with my hot dog and cheese balls for lunch. I also had a fish cake at the market and cake on the way back.
Later in the day, Brad and I finished exploring the Cabrits by walking to the top of the East Cabrit. We saw just as much land on the east as there is water on the west Cabrit. The trail wasn’t well maintained but the view was worth the hike.
The hike was sweat-inducing but that was no problem. Rosemary began doing our wash Friday and will on Tuesdays and Fridays from now on.
Brad said today that he was interested in having his own place – not immediately, but sometime in the future. I was somewhat shocked and upset by his sudden announcement. We aren’t close or the best of friends but there have been no problems that I know of. I was to some extent worried about my expenses and living arrangements.
Brad wants to live on his own and be independent, he says. I hope I haven’t done anything to make him want to move out. I think I’ll stay here if he does move out, unless Mrs. Garaway doesn’t want to rent this big place to only one person. I can possibly find someone else to share the place, maybe a new PCV if any more get assigned to the Portsmouth area.
Brad has just gotten out of college and on his own. I suppose he needs his privacy although he will have it when I go places without him. I hope he is okay and not planning to E.T.
I had to stop writing last night because I got scared by the noise of scampering feet which probably belonged to mice. We’ve caught two already but it seems that there are more under the floor boards and I thought some were crawling above in the ceiling. There was even some animal’s feces in the kitchen when we came back. It was small and probably the droppings of the mice.
Brad and I returned back from a three night stay in Roseau. The two most important reasons were a gamma globulin shot in the butt to prevent hepatitis and a supervisor’s meeting not attended by our principal. We also attended Don’s birthday party and did some shopping for necessary household items.
One of the personal items I bought was a basin to soak my feet. I haven’t used it yet.