I’ll share a quick story from today.
I was observing a 7th grade English class, and a Nicaraguan man I’d never met (who wasn’t affiliated with the Peace Corps) was circulating and helping with the class.
He was wearing a Royals hat.
After class, I started asked him (in English) if he likes the Royals. We had a good conversation about how I live close(ish) to Kansas City, and how I love KC sports.
Turns out he’s a pitcher, and he’s going to pitch for some scouts from the US soon. The Royals are his favorite team. He said he pitches 87 mph. He showed me some of his pitching videos.
I kind of wish I’d spoken to him in Spanish, but I had a feeling he wanted to practice his English. Regardless, it was really good to strike up a conversation with a random local dude and talk about his hat and share a little about where I’m from.
This week has been overwhelming (in the most wonderful way) but that was one specific bright light from my day. Even though we come from different parts of the world and he has (probably) never been to the US, we found some common ground we could bond over.