Yeah. Much has happened in the last little while. Busy times. Will try to make it brief.
1. The boss, Moulay Said, visited the US for three weeks for an International Visitors program on civic education. It's sponsored and organized by the US gov't as an outreach program to North African and Middle Eastern countries. He travelled all over the States visiting schools and learning about how the US does education. Part of his time was in D.C., and while he was there he met with the American Academy for Liberal Education and signed a contract with them to begin the accreditation process for our school. We start in January. It's gonna be a ton of work for us, but I'm looking forward to it.
2. Moulay has unofficially appointed me and Shan as director(s) of the school. Our first order of business was to fire our new teacher. She "just wasn't working out". No, really she was a little more than a little bit off her rocker, and couldn't keep it together enough to teach two kids, which was all we asked her to do.
3. Last week we got to "meet" the US ambassador to Morocco. Really what happened was he came in to address a group of americans, said "Hi" and "Bye" and we all ended up watching a lengthy video telling us how to wash our hands in the event of a pandemic flu. Seriously. Apparently our government thinks it's of key importance to inform its citizens abroad about how to avoid catching bird flu. And that means wash your hands and don't cough on people. Thanks! I didn't know that! (More ways in which our government is hard at work for us)Anyway, we ended up speaking to the Consul General for a bit and rubbed noses with what we hope will be the right people to help us out in the future when we encounter the inevitable bureaucratic hurdles.
4. My mom arrived on Saturday and will stay for three weeks. She seems to be liking Lahcen a lot, which makes me happy. A trip to the US embassy in Rabat is in the works for after Christmas, so I might be married before year end, if I don't get bamboozled with all the paperwork!
5. Shan and I wrote a masterpiece of a play for our kids to perform for their parents, so we're busy making props, gathering music and sound effects, and praying the kids will do everything right when the time comes. Can't wait to see them all done up in their costumes and dancing and stuff.
Okay, gotta sign off and get back to work.