A lesson in time
Today as we celebrate Bloomsday
and the adventures of Leopold Bloom
as he wanders around Dublin on the 16th of June.
I find myself walking around my school
Colegio Berriz, wearing a straw hat
and round glasses just like James Joyce.
I say goodbye to my friends and students in Berriz
3 years teaching 3 year olds.
I´ve known some of these students half their lives
I even remember some of my students from
when they were still in their mother´s tummies.
3 years is not a long time,
the price we pay, in prison,
for a small crime.
But 3 years is the time I have spent in Berriz, Molino and Spain.
My Spanish life began in Berriz
I live on Cervantes´street where his body was recently found,
I´ve seen bull runs, riots on the streets, abdication and
the new king driving in Franco´s Rolls Royce
and Real Madrid play in Santiago Bernabeu.
I´m surrounded by art, Picasso, Dali, Velazquez
and say goodbye to my art teachers, Ana, Carolina and Igor.
I´ve seen lots of teachers come and go
and now it is my time to say goodbye.
I´ve seen earthquakes in Spain,
Watched the news as an Airbus M400 crashed in Seville
wondering if a parent of some of our students was onboard.
Seen a student selling Hyundai cars on CNN
and Swam in Molino´s 50m pool.
I´ve seen Endless dancing and laughing
and heard endless talking in class too.
I´ve dressed as James Joyce and Dracula,
Charlie Chaplin and the devil too.
I´ve seen anti disturbios disturb the school
and let children pet their dogs and sit on their police bikes.
I´ve seen €20 million Tigre helicopters fly over our heads
and 80 year old flying boats fly over the school.
I´ve seen Bomberos heroically demonstrate their role
and I´ve even slid down the pole, like a fireman too.
I´ve drank green water in school for St Patrick´s Day,
I´ve died my hair green and wore a cape like Dracula for Halloween too.
I can not write like James Joyce
and I have not read Ulysses
the greatest book in the world
The reason we celebrate Bloomsday
But this is my Berrizday.
This is a lesson in time from
my teachers and friends
and the present of
a magnificent watch,
to watch time go bye.
Punctuality, for an Irishman
When will they learn?
See you next time.
16th of June 2015