Ruth sat quietly at the small kindergarten table practicing her penmanship. Our interest in each other was mutual, but she was too shy to respond until I broke the ice with my elementary Fijian. When she realized we could communicate, a broad smile spread across her face.
Ruth is now in third grade. When I visited her school again last year, she beamed when she saw me, realizing that some foreigners don’t just visit once—some return again and again. .
– Joy Patman ©2014 | PCV Fiji and Ecuador 1988–1991 | Education, Natural Resources