In Eighth grade, one of the biggest things that teachers try to do world wide, is prepare their students for high school. This is going to be one of the biggest transitions in a persons' life. I'm very excited to see what this will bring. We have visited two high schools so far as a class, Lahainaluna and Seabury Hall. At this point I am leaning towards going to Lahaina Luna. My favorite part was the elective of Auto-tech, which is where the student gets to learn his/her way around a car engine, repair it, and modify it. This is my biggest interest, along with computing and chemistry science. I was thinking that I was going to be afraid of high school, but it actually doesn't seem that bad. Now Seabury was just as exciting, but instead of traveling with a fellow classmate and a Shadow, which is a current Freshman at Seabury. This was a more personal experience. At Lahianinaluna we got a very broad picture. My shadow was also very honest about his opinion of the school, which I liked. he gave us info on how the homework was, and far as difficulty and quantity. I can't wait to see where I get accepted to.
Last Friday we surprised our teacher, Ms. Enriquez, with a birthdyay party at one of her favorite places on the island of Maui, O'o Farm. Once she arrived, streamers, balloons and other various decorations had been hung up. Makana was ecstatic to get out of her seat in the car, and run in the damp soil. It was joyful, making s'mores, pizzas, and playing around with glow sticks. The next morning was brisk as usual. We began by cleaning up the mess we left the night before. Mrs. Macedo assisted in preparing our breakfast of bacon, eggs, and bread slices. I enjoyed this trip to Kula very much, and am very thankful to Louis Coulombe for allowing us to spend time at his Farm. I can't wait to see what the rest of this year will bring!
When I go to church I expect the priest to be looking at the congregation and telling fascinating stories about Jesus. A Latin mass is the complete opposite. We all look at Jesus on the cross, instead of the priest facing us. An analogy made by Canon Moreau that was something along the lines of does a shepard walk his herd backwards, no, this is why we all face Jesus. I enjoyed the mass very much. I wonder what it was like when it was altered in 1962 to the priest facing the congregation?
Today we were visited by a very special individual. As a teenager in high school, or even in middle school, you might have read the book The Hiding Place. In the 1970's, after the production of the book, a movie was made replicating the book. Mr. Bill Brown was the producer to this movie. With a budget of over $2,000,000 , the movie was nearly 86ed because the Billy Graham Orginization couldn't afford it. After a last plea to the public, Mr. Brown was able to get the funding needed. He raised a total of 2..12 million, enough for the production of the movie. Now he is 86, and thriving. He was able to deliver vivid memories of being with Ms. Corrie ten Boom, whom the movie protrays her story through the hardships of the Holocaust in World War Two. Mr. Brown and Corrie became close friends. It was intriguing to hear his vivid recollections of their time spent together. His expressions while talking were as if he was his soul and body were back in the very moment he was describing, and so vivid I felt as if I were with him.