by Caciques Caroline and Marco
As we walked back from our challenging morning exercise, Chris Maxey expressed the need for a rain dance at some point during the day. We couldn’t have agreed more. Our cisterns were running very low, the crops on neighboring farms were in desperate need of water, and all the students wanted rain so they could run outside in the middle of class to enjoy a shower. We planned for a rain dance during dinner circle. We started off the morning with a delicious breakfast of bagels and oatmeal, which gave us energy for our three-hour block of Human Ecology class. We spent our class time working on our group projects and preparing for our presentations next week. In the afternoon, students either went diving or had Literature and Math class. While preparing our final portfolios in the library, we suddenly heard the sound of rain crashing, splattering, and falling down on the rooftops. The eagerly awaited rain had finally arrived! We no longer needed to lead a rain dance at dinner circle. Rain meant that we would have the opportunity to go crabbing in the bush with Justin, a traditional pastime that local Bahamians wait for all spring, our cisterns would be slightly replenished, and the farms around us would received much needed water. The rain awakened an array of life; the joy ofIslandSchoolstudents was evident, the crabs emerged from the bush, and the mosquitoes unfortunately joined us in the post rain celebration.