Flash cards, notes, and textbooks identify our house as one that is inhabited by students. Each member of our family is now a student. Interestingly, the path that we have chosen has literally created a new occupation for each of us. In learning spanish, the word “student” is to be used with a conjugated verb form of “to be” which indicates a more permanent condition. It is this same verb, “ser”, that would be used for general occupations such as doctor, lawyer, ski instructor…..ok. To be sick, on the other hand, is considered a temporary condition and must be used with another verb “estar”, because it is not a permanent condition….OK, but we were all students at one point, which in my mind makes it temporary?????? I hope, that at some point, this all makes sense. I guess the spanish speaking world believes that “once a student, always a student.” Maybe there is something more to be said about being a student.
Living life as a student provides us with opportunities to learn something new each and every day. The student will always be looking for ways to understand the subject at hand. Most of us are students and do not even know it. Some students are studying the wrong subject, while others are studying a subject in which they have little interest. For those who have the opportunity to make a difference in the lives of others while pursuing their passion should encourage others to do the same.
Over time, Kerry and I realized that the gifts bestowed upon us were not being used to their fullest. Our church family, friends and most influentially, our faith, had us questioning our purpose. Critical to these Q&A sessions was identifying the gifts that our God had given us. While in this process, the question became, “What do we do with them?”
If you are wondering, it has been our love of community, teaching, sports, friends and family, and of course faith, that have guided us down our chosen path. Although these gifts do not always provide a clear purpose, it is our faith that guides us through times of darkness. If I were to say that the path leading us out of Durango was as obvious as our local Highway 550, I would be a big fat liar. Not only do I, on occasion, question our decision to relocate, our kids make no hesitation in questioning why we had to take them away from friends, skiing, rafting, and their toys. It is not only our given gift of faith, but the faith that you have in us, that keeps us going.
This path that has brought us to San Jose and the language school, is helping to reinforce the notion that we are students and that yes, it is a permanent condition. It’s funny how a grammar class is making this point more clear. We will continue to study. The foundation that we will leave here with, in 2 months, will ensure that we are students for some time. There’s so much to learn, so many choices to make. And I’m not just talking spanish….