It has been a very long time coming, but finally all 3 of our weekend daughters are in school and we couldn’t be happier. Here in Mexico children must have birth certificates before they can enroll in school, and the two youngest in this family had never been registered, never been counted, never really existed as people with the right to be educated and employed. After more than a year of knocking on the closed doors of doctors, lawyers and other bureaucrats, Britany and Pricila finally possess the papers they need to open locked classroom doors.
During the week these girls live at Manos de Amor, Casa Hogar and on weekends they hang out with us – at the pool or at the beach, eating chorizo quesadillas and tacos. Little Pricila has a medical issue that keeps her from living at Casa Hogar right now, so she is temporarily living with us all week. It’s been a long time since I took a little one to her first day of school, but I was pretty excited to do so this week. So was she! I definitely need some practice on how to create pretty braids and keep white uniform shirts clean, and what the heck do I do with Spanish homework? But I’ll learn. More importantly, finally Pricila has her own opportunity to learn… to read and to write and to dream of a future where she can grow up to be whatever she wants to be.