“In a good bookroom you feel in some mysterious way that you are absorbing the wisdom contained in all the books through your skin, without even opening them.” ― Mark Twain
People often ask what we do all day since we are retired. One thing is for certain. We have stopped watching world news. It is too depressing. Besides, there is very little we can do about fixing the big problems in the world. But, there are many little things we can do as expats to help make the world a little better for our local communities.
I started a children’s library in our small La Paloma Elementary school two years ago. It has become my solace and place of refuge from this mad, mad world in which we live.
It is my place of hugs, laughter, and wisdom absorbed through my skin.
When I am feeling down or frustrated, my fix is to go to the library and read to the children. It always brightens my day and I return home refreshed, renewed, and rewired.
When we returned from a visit to the states, the organization, Go for Hope, was waiting for me. I partnered with this wonderful organization last year, and they provide volunteers, supplies, and donations for my library.
This year, they built a PVC pipe puppet theater for the school. Living in a country that does not have a culture of reading is particularly challenging. I am constantly trying to create new and fun ways to get the children excited about reading.
Now, with the addition of our portable puppet theater, we can read books together, create puppets from the characters of the books, and put on puppet shows for the community. What fun!
Thanks to generous donations, volunteers, and Go For Hope International, my little place of solace in this troubled world is growing rapidly.
Where do you find your solace? If you are an expat, what do you do all day?