It is the evening of Valentine’s Day and I am spending it… in bed. I am happily jomblo [single], which is for the best because the rain outside combined with an oncoming flu have me feeling very malas [lazy]. From the comfort of my comforter, I want to wish all of my friends and family a very happy Valentine’s Day no matter where you are or who you’re spending it with!
In 2017, I spent Valentine’s Day at SMA Wachid Hasyim 2. This week in every class I am handing out little mint candies called “Kis,” which seemed the most appropriate choice for the day. Some of my eager male students were disappointed that it was not a real “kiss” from Miss Kelly, but they’ll have to make do until they are much, much older.
The women who I spend most of my non-teaching time with, the ibu-ibu of the curriculum development office, got chocolate bars with cute Valentine’s Day cards instead of “Kis” candies. My mom sent me these cards last year and I have just now had a chance to use them. The little cards came with cutesie sayings and button pins, which the ladies all promptly pinned on their hijabs. Note to anyone visiting Indonesia: funky/cute pins ALWAYS go over well, especially in Muslim areas.
So although I didn’t spend the day with any special someone, I did get to spend the day with many special people: namely, the teachers who are by my side through my many moods in Indonesia and–best of all–my brightest, most hard-working students. These students stayed after school with me to prepare for the WORDS Competition this upcoming Saturday. Right now, all of the love in my heart is for you guys. Keep up the good work and let’s make the next three months count! ❤