We arrived at 1:35. They ushered us into a store-front office and after welcoming us profusely, asked us to be patient and wait.
I wandered outside to get a picture of the Top Nursery kids in their caps and gowns. Another man came, welcomed me profusely and ushered us back into the office.
We were delayed by rain - in the end, I waited in the office for an hour and a half. Social worker Winnie came and visited with us - she is the one that arranged for me to be the Guest of Honor.
Then, a group of 15 people came to the door, and formally said, "We are here for the Guest of Honor." I looked at them and they looked at me, with anticipation.
Finally, Winnie whispered, "You have to go first." I had to lead all of them!
We walked down a muddy lane until we came to this archway.
All the "Honorables" and I had to put our hands together on a pair of scissors and cut the ribbon to celebrate the grand opening of Jabema High School. This was a graduation and grand opening.
Afterwards, I was called up as the Guest of Honor to deliver my speech - I was the 14th speech of the day!
Finally, the parents were able to give gifts to the graduates and they danced and sang. (yeah, more dancing)
There was more dancing during the gift giving.
Baby nursery sang a song - they were so cute!
I gave out gifts to the parents who had four or more children in the school - there were 8 families that fell into that category. Then, suddenly, the pastor announced that the Guest of Honor was to be taken away!
Winnie came and got me and took me back to the office.
"What are we doing?"
"Going for lunch."
I glanced at my watch - 5:50 PM.
We waited 20 minutes - the grads came to give back their caps and gowns.
The pastor's wife came with a cake! (Cakes are VERY expensive here) She said that they wanted to prepare something for me, but there was a lot of chaos. She thought a cake might be better. YES!
I took the cake home to the kids - it lasted less than 5 minutes! They were so happy!
We saw this rainbow on the way back to the VOE.