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Easter egg dyeing

As I mentioned last week, my international students spent a class dyeing Easter eggs.  Most of them had never done it before, so it was fun to watch them experiment with different designs and colors.  I think all but two of the boys probably has ADHD (or am I confusing that with junior high?), so it was a challenge to get them all focused on a task and not wandering around asking to use the computers and trying to climb out the office windows (for real).

Yerkezhan (Kazakhstan), Linda and Min (Korea), Neil (Texas), Bella (Korea), and Jess (UK) show off their eggs

I caught Timo (Germany) making a swastika egg and made him change his design. The result? A window.

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Fù​huó​jié​: a Chinese lesson on Easter Sunday

Easter = 复活节 ( huó jié)

复 (fù) = return
活 (huó) = live, exist, survive
节 (jié) = used to signify a festival or holiday

Happy He-has-returned-to-live Day!

Foretold: For you will not leave my soul among the dead or allow your holy one to rot in the grave.

Accomplished: He isn’t here!  He is risen from the dead!  Look, this is where they laid his body.

Easter reflection, IV

Foretold: He had done no wrong and had never deceived anyone.  But he was buried like a criminal; he was put in a rich man’s tomb.

Accomplished: Joseph took the body and wrapped it in a long sheet of clean linen cloth.  He placed it in his own new tomb, which had been carved out of the rock.  Then he rolled a great stone across the entrance and left.

Easter reflection, III

Foretold: He was despised and rejected  – a man of sorrows, acquainted with deepest grief.  We turned our backs on him and looked the other way.  He was despised, and we did not care.

Accomplished: He came into the very world he created, but the world didn’t recognize him.  He came to his own people, and even they rejected him.

Easter reflection, II

Foretold: The stone that the builders rejected has now become the cornerstone.

Accomplished: YHWH is the living cornerstone of the temple.  He was rejected by people, but he was chosen for great honor.

Easter reflection, I

Foretold: Your king is coming to you.  He is righteous and victorious, yet he is humble, riding on a donkey – riding on the donkey’s colt.

Accomplished: They brought the donkey and the colt to him and threw their garments over the colt, and he sat on it.

Eggs, dye and prepubescent boys

Any time I engage in a task that involves solitary repetition, I have flashbacks to my childhood when my Mom would ground me.  She had a home business and if it was mailing time or inventory time or anything else time, my sisters and I had to watch it because one step out of line meant we got to do the task as punishment instead of getting paid for it.  So any kind of envelope stuffing, counting, folding, etc brings me back to my adolescent years when I did a lot of this.  Once my parents decided to buy all new doors for the house – inside and outside.  My Dad thought it would be a good idea to finish the new wooden doors for the inside by himself – the sanding, staining, and polyurethane.  Long story short, I finished quite a few of those doors, and not willingly, if you know what I mean.

I’m about to give exams and I just finished collating and stapling all of them in preparation for my 8am class in the morning.  I couldn’t shake the feeling the entire time I was working that I was being punished for something bad I had done.  Good job, Mom and Dad.  You scarred me for life.  ( just kidding )  Actually I had that same nagging feeling when I was spending hours by myself (well, me and Pandora) refinishing my room at home this winter (pictures here, where you can also see those doors).

Other than giving exams tomorrow, I’m going to be attempting a brave undertaking: dyeing Easter eggs with Continue reading