I love days like yesterday – when they were all around fantastic, but for no one reason in particular.
The day started out rainy and freezing. Although unwelcome, winter in the mountains seems to have reared its ugly head again. We were enjoying wonderfully mild temps in the 70s, and now we're down in the gray 30s and 40s again. When I woke up, my bedroom was so cold I couldn't even muster the strength to put my feet on the ground to turn the heater on or grab some slippers, so I stayed in bed a couple more minutes. I had a meeting with former US Ambassador to Bulgaria and president of the Bulgarian-American Society Sol Polansky later in the day, so by the time I showered and got ready I knew there was no way I would be able to trudge the 40 minute walk to the kindergarten in the torrential rain and still make it there in time.
So I flagged a cab.
Remember my last cab story? The one that sparked my "angry" letter and denial of a tip?
Well. NIGHT AND DAY! My driver yesterday got all excited when I told him where I worked and what I did. He asked the usual, "how are those gypsy kids, anyway" question, and when I answered with my usual chipper response about how smart and enthusiastic they are, he got really intrigued! He wanted to know more. We chatted for awhile, and he wished me a great day of work, and seemed please when I rounded up his tip. ;) See, cabbies? Don't insult MY kids and you might just come out on top.
When I walked into the kindergarten, ALL the kids got up out of their seats and ran across the room to almost knock me over in the biggest group hug I've ever gotten.
Then, not going to lie, I got a bit teary eyed as the "soon to be" first graders practiced their songs for graduation next week.
The rest of the day was spent on buses to and from Sofia with Katya, and our meeting with the Ambassador. It was such a great opportunity to shed some light on the reality of our situation here in Samokov, and to basically "brag" about the hearts, passion, and determination of the incredible staff I work with.
It was just one of those days that yet again reminded me why I'm here, and why I truly love it here.