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Tuesday
Nov262013

Honduras, It's A Rap

A rap by Emery Harstein and Maggie Bellino.


Hello from Honduras, saludos a usted,

we were going to write a story, but chose to rap instead

We'll begin by recounting our past few weeks at school,

A lot of which was difficult, most of which was cool.

We encourage you to look up all the words that you don't know,

Prepare, for this is Maggie and Emery's "Update Flow."

 

We don't know how your day starts, but we're goin' tell you about ours,

we wake up to a chorus of noisy cats, horses and a parade of cars. 

6 am breakfast consists of oatmeal and Mahonchos,

more than likely its raining, and we're grateful for our ponchos. 

school starts with a prayer, and a salute to the flag,

and ends climbing a huge hill with a heavy book-bag.

in between the two, our day is pretty hectic,

working with children that are, to say politely, pretty reckless.

now you may ask yourself,

"self? How is a high school and first grade teacher feeling the same way?"

But you would understand if you lived here just one day.

Attitudes are pretty synonymous for grades all around,

Each kid seems to think the classroom is their personal playground. 

Its hard to keep their attention, even in detention,

which inevitably leads to a detention-extension!!!!

First grade loses recess, and thinks its funny to stay in at lunch,

Tears flow whether they are taking a pencil or giving a punch.

A beehive in a classroom, seems to BEE no thing,

And yet we are not immune, even after the tenth bee sting!

In both classes we've experienced lesson plans a-crashin'

Which have successfully turned into discussions on compassion.

They may not be able to sit in their chair,

but they are learning that what's right isn't necessarily what's fair. 

They are expanding their boundaries, and for that we are proud,

we remember this when we can't speak because our classroom is SOO loud. 

one kid thinks he's a dog, another shoves himself in lockers

and those two aren't even our talkiest of talkers.

A pick-up game of soccer, to calm all our senses

our not far-away field is just a jump over prohibited fences

 

 

On a dimmer note, it is not all beauty, we have found

Remarkable scenery if you look up, and hazardous waste if you look down.

syringes and blood samples cover the ground

and we're not talking "a little bit", hospitals empty it by the pound. 

 

 

Stray dogs are emaciated, and sometimes get their heads stuck in fences

in fact we were almost attacked by a few, leaving us defenseless

It was pretty scary we will admit, but grateful to report that's as scary as it gets 

 

Adventures are like Lychas, delicious and unexpected

Like the time we stumbled upon 2,000 locals partying to get the president elected

Or our Independence Day desfile, which is Spanish for "parade"

you should be looking up these words by now 'cause there will be a quiz for a grade

 

We alternate our weekends from adventure to lesson planning 

Today we spent our day in the hot springs bathing and tanning 

We want to talk about food, but honestly just aren't that impressed

so far we like Lychas, fresh garlic bread, tajadas and choco-bananas the best.

One of our favorite things, however are conveniently close to our casa

a fresh coconut sliced so we can drink the water, get healthy, and reduce the grasa 

 

All in all life is growing.. when One teaches, Two learn

even though our rap story isn't all smiles, please don't have concern

We couldn't be happier about our choice to get to know our Honduran sisters and brothers

We are infinitely learning about ourselves and others

We look forward to hearing from each of you very very soon 

and please remember, you're always with us everyday in our classroom. 

 

HA! you thought it was over, but you've been sorely mislead

remember that quiz we mentioned? Teacher's always keep that stuff the back of their head 

 

lucky you, its multiple choice, we begin with question 1 

and thanks for reading our rap/story we had a lot of fun :)

 

A lycha is a type of?

A) honduran dance move

B) scary disease

C)  fruit that looks (and tastes) like it came out of Dr. Seuss' Horton Hears a Who 

 

Grasa is a synonym to 

A) ravenous dog

B) disappointing Flan pastry

C) fat

 

Mahoncho is a fruit similar to

A) Lycha

B) disappointing Flan pastry 

C) BANANAAAAAAA

 

teachers note: sorry if our rap made you dumber, but every answer is C.

 

Emery Hartstein and Maggie Ballino are two best friends who rap from the heart. Many rap duo’s inspiration comes from a tough life on the streets, but their unique rap relationship happened through travel. They were climbing a volcano in southern Chile when they started to rhyme and realized they were way bueno. So they collaborated efforts and like the volcano, they erupted. Since then, they’ve kept on flowing. They call themselves EMANCIPATED MAGMA to represent the freedom in their flow, the freedom to speak transformation and empower every individual to grow. Today, the two live in Honduras working as teachers and learning everyday. 

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Reader Comments (2)

Amazing.

July 23, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterJB aka Young Tuck

Flan is most def not disappointing ;) You guys rock!

July 23, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterBienjamin

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