I haven't written much about LIFE School, and there are many posts I look forward to sharing. However, today's small episode needs to be shared today. In Guatemala the rainy season ends in early November. The earth is dry, as are the weeds and grasses. While the entire school was enjoying morning recess, one of the teachers noticed what looked like small flames about 50 yards from the main school entrance.
Yes, small flames. Fire! FIRE! Our school guardian (custodian with way more responsibility than the typical US custodian) walked to it with a bucket of water. While it wasn't a huge fire, it was probably more than one man should take on. Rather quickly we gathered the troops. Elementary students took charge of filling cups, bowls, and whatever containers they could find. They stood at the outdoor sink enthusiastically filling and pouring while other students waited for full containers to run to the front gate. Teachers then carried the water from the gate to the fire. Some of us, like myself, couldn't walk on the already charred ground as we were wearing flip flops and other precarious shoes.
Just after we got the fire out, the volunteer bomberos (firefighters) arrived. They gave the area a good dousing. While I was never worried about my safety or the safety of others at school, it definitely added a bit of excitement to the day.
This post is dedicated to Kevin Gray Price, our family firefighter. We hope we make you proud.