Today concludes Dominican Independence Month at CMS. The Early Elementary kids parade through the school in a parade while the older elementary kids participate on Comparsas, a show beyond all shows you’ve ever seen an elementary school put on. Throughout the school, there are celebrations and music and smiles. And I’m here, sobbing in a corner.
Other years, we’ve enjoyed the grandiose celebrations of this day but more as outsiders. As a novelty. We embraced it whole-heartedly and Husband has been in many teacher comparsas dances but it was like going to someone else’s celebration. This year, with both kids in school and fully invested, it hit hard. There are too many people and too many places and roots too deep that we are leaving behind.
The kids walked around full of pride – wearing traditional clothing of the Dominican Republic. They danced merengue in the teachers’ lounge by no suggestion from Husband or I. In fact, Santiago demanded, “Musica, Papi,” as he grabbed his sister’s hand in preparation for their private show. They are Dominican not just because they were born here or raised here but because it’s in them. They are Dominican and this is their Independence Day.
Excitement about moving to Mexico aside, it's no secret that I'm having a hard time with our move from the Dominican Republic but today… Oh Lord has today been hard. February is Dominican pride month and today is the conclusion of that with a ton of activities taking place at school. The kids came to school like this today and it was an "in my face" reminder of their Dominican roots. These two, born at Abel y Gonzalez en la Lincoln, will take this place with them no matter where we go. And you should see them merengue to some Juan Luis Guerra #dominicanpride #thesetwo #merengueros #RafaRKL #SantiPKL #proudmama . . @cmssharks .