Letters to You from Meagan
June 13 – June 26, 2015
In the first program session, Joe was always pranking Ambre and myself. So we began thinking of ways to get back at him and started asking students for ideas. We brainstormed for a few nights but nothing came of it. On our last night in Xela while Joe was out of his room, Alex, Xavier, Natasha and a few others stole his mattress and sheets. The mattress they put in the girls’ room next door and they hid the sheets in one of their rooms. Joe got his mattress, but they wouldn’t tell him where his sheets were. Xavier led him on a hunt throughout the hotel telling him “You’re really hot. Almost found them” when really he was no where close. In fact they were on the first floor whereas Joe’s sheets were on the third floor. The entire thing went on for like 45 minutes. I don’t know who finally gave him his sheets, but hearing “Where’s my sheets?! I want my sheets!” became the joke of the summer. All three other groups tried at least once to prank Joe by stealing his sheets. (Only group 3 did it successfully. Haha)
June 30 – July 13, 2015
In the second group we played a soccer game. Almost no one knew how to play which was fine, other than the fact that three staff got hurt (not seriously though) and mine was most hilarious. but it was still fun just to get outside and run around. Only, myself, Joe and Nayo all got injured in some way. I (Meagan) was goalie and Madison kicks the ball so that it shoots upward and hits me in the face. I leave and go check my face and when I return, Joe is on the floor because he apparently slipped and fell on his tailbone. He’s just lying face down like “Gimme me a minute”. We resume the game without him, and not five seconds in, Juana kicks the ball so that it hits me right in the mouth. I started crying because I was in pain still from the first hit, but also laughing because I couldn’t believe I had just gotten hit twice within less than five seconds re-entering the game. In the midst of all this, Olivia is taking photos pf everything-including my ugly crying face! I’m still not happy being hit in the face, but thinking about just makes me laugh.
July 16 – July 29, 2015
The third group, Sinclair’s birthday was in the middle of the program. We bought a piñata, set up the party, and told everyone to distract her until it was time for family meeting. When she comes down for her surprise, she was shocked but happy. She took the first shot at the piñata and the agreement was that everyone would take a swing. Instead, after two tries she takes off her blindfold and yells “Now I see!” and breaks it releasing the candy. She fell a few times while blindfolded. Then as we get ready to present her cake, Ambre whispers to me “We should push her face in the cake. Bring a little Mexican tradition to Guatemala.” So I raised the cake and told her I wouldn’t push her face in, but she just needed to take a bite with no hands. Instead, Sinclair smashes her whole face into the cake and pushes in herself. Then she pulls back and says “I always wanted to do that.” We were thinking, who wants to do that? Really? Everyone died laughing but that moment was absolutely one of my favorite moments of the summer.
August 1 – August 14, 2015
In the last group, Lundon and Gabby wanted to run to the store and on the way we passed a piñata shop with Dora the Explorer in the window. Gabby runs into the shop screaming “Lets buy a piñata! Lets buy Dora! Can we?” I told her it would be out of her pocket but she could and it could be an end of the summer celebration. The three of us buy Dora and sneak it around the back of the house so no one sees. The next night (our last night) they brought it out and we hung it outside for everyone to take a swing. Everyone is giving directions (some right, others wrong) about which way to swing. I cant remember some of the chants they gave but at the time they were all hilarious. Gabby even kept Dora’s face after we finished it to keep in her scrapbook. But other than her face, nothing could be saved.