AUGUST

In the end of the July I went to home with my parents for a short time. And it was strange but I missed my other home, in Máriafalva. One girl from Máriafalva ,Nikoletta, came with us to Hungary. On the ways we stopped in a few beautiful places, e.g. Békási szoros, Gyergyó, Torockó…

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During the time I spent at home I was always thinking of the children…

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…of the village

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…of Moldova

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JULY

July, the end of the school-term. I am getting to be sad…The end of this period in Moldova, in Máriafalva is too close. I try to be more with the children and with the village.

At the begining of July I was very excited. I was waiting for my parents and my relativs. They would like to visit me, to see where I am. It was a very strange feeling when they arrived. Thousands of miles away from my home. Firstly when I showed them my house my parents got a smaller shock. They could not realise why am I here in the poverty.

Anyway they felt good themselves. They understood each other well with the people in the village.

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My family brought lots of clothes, toys, books, sweets, foods to the children. So I made a school year cloosing ceremony, a speech day. We sang and danced. We showed what we learned during the year. After the ceremony I gave a diploma to the children. And of course they got the lots of gifts, the donation.

We had a musician so we danced and made a fantastic party 🙂DSCF3888

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…and with the older “dwarfs”

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Finally the dance with everybody.

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JUNE

The June was the best. Welcome Summer! 🙂 We were with the children in a lots place.

Firstly we hathe tale-competition. I had 4 children. They were very clever. It was great to listen them. One year ago they did not say in hungarian Jóreggelt! (good morning). And now they told a full tale. I really do not mind the hard winter time, the solitude. It works and worth it!

I ran around the village to collect traditional costume to the four children. Fortunately I/we found all of them. They were just gorgeous 🙂 Every competitor had to make something illustration about their tales. We had to make four! It was a very good feeling how the children helped to each other. Every child who learn in the hungarian school helped to the four competitors. And one of the illustration was so beautiful that the jury gave a special award for it.

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…and Florentina in the mese-katrinca (tale-shroud skirt); special award

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After the tale-competition we had a soccer competition, in Ferdinándújfalu. We stood just on the seventh place, but we do not mind! It was just a game. Alltough the boys were very disappointed, they would like to cry 😦 It was sad to see them. I would like to also cry because of their sad faces.

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And there is still no end of  June. There was a perfect weekend in Trunk. The teacher in Trunk, Lala, made a fantastic csángó folkdance camp! The children could learn dances, songs, play on flute or on koboz ( it is special csángó plucked musical instrument). The atmosphere of the camp was perfect. he children could meet other csángó children. And of course the teachers could meet each other.

MAY

The spring time is the best! 🙂 The village always move to the meadow. Like an ant hill! If I am outside everbody stop in front of my house and talk to me. I feel good myself. We learned now in the garden. Or we walk wit the children. In June will be a tale-competition to the children. So now I collected in the village a few folk tale from the older women, men…And my children learned it. It is very interesting. They are very clever, they are getting better and better in hungarian. We can speak clear with each other. DSCF0767

Here is the period of the snails. In the village people eat it. So we were waiting for the rain, than for the snails. With the younger children we learned the Kicsi külbécs gyere ki…song ( Small snails come out…). I think the song was effective. During the May the whole Máriafalva could eat roasted snails. 🙂 And the children could play with them.

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In May we have one of the most important religious holiday, Pünkösd(Pentecost). There is a huge pendecost pilgrimage in Csíksomlyó. Nowdays this is one of the symbol of the Hungarian. So I went with the MCSMSZ (the Association of Hungarian Csangos from Moldova) to Csíksomlyó. We would like to make money for the association and for the children. We sold books, CDs, toys, handycrafts.

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…and the Gyimes.

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APRIL

I was at home after the easter-time. I collect power at home, I could wash myself in the bathtub. The days are longer and longer, so I feel myself much better. We can play outside with the children football, baseboll, and we just feel the spring 🙂 We walk in the forest to collect fair maid or with the women to collect nettle. They say, the fresh nettle is the best to the body. It cleans your body, your venas, and makes fresh blood. No more winter tiredness or laziness.

In April was the day of Szent György (St. George). People say in the village his day is the first spring day! They take Szent György virága (St.George’s flower) the top of the fence. Szent György comes on the night and he gave good fortune and happiness for the houses where are flowers.

We took this flowers to the school with the children.

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People in the village started to sow and plant. I was happy I could help to them, and I could move outside. I try to help to everybody who helped to me. E.g. I helped to hoe or to prun the vines, or to crumble the corn.

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FEBRUARY

The February was a little harder than the other months. The days were very short, and the evenings with dark were too long. So I’ve said I am alone in the house, I have no internet, no Tv…Just my laptop with 6 films! During this wintertime I watched the Monty Python and the Holy Grail maybe thirty times. The snow was big, so I could not move out from the village.

Of course the village and the people helped me. They always invited me to their house.

The birthday of my hostess and my birthday is on the same day, so we made a birthday party together 🙂 She made chocolate cake to me 🙂 It is very very kind 🙂

I can say about this people, they are not envious. They have no money, just there is what they make in their garden…But they always give me something, unselfishly. They saw, I am alone, I have not got anybody, any relative in the village, so they would like to help and to make I feel myself good, like in a family….

A huge thanks to them for these.

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The wintertime, the cold and the snow made a closer relationship between me and the children. We were together in the small warm schoolroom, we played, talk to each other…It was an amazing feeling when they come to my hosue on my birthday. The said me in hungarian: Isten Éltesse tanítónéni! ( Happy Birthday!) They gave me something small gifts, e.g. handycrafts, plastic flowers, or a few children gave me stuffed animal. I would like to weep…It was just beautiful. They have just a few toys at home, and they gave me yet.

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The wintertime is the period of the weave. Some women in the village make it still. They invited me to try it. Mónika, the young woman, has got a loom at home. She makes haversacks, sheets, homespuns, wall hangings in every wintertime. She makes them for the wedding of her daughter. It is a tradition that every girl has to take homespuns to their new house. Its name is: zesztre (dowry). DSCF0385

JANUARY

I’ve come back. It was a very good feeling. The children were waiting for me. Bácsi János helped to me with the sleigh to go in the village.

The children were hanging on my neck 🙂 I went to visit the families with whom I am on good terms.

The children showed me the goat-costume in what they dress up on the New Years Eve. They use this costume to oust the bad ghosts and waiting for the new, good year.

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During January we got another packets. The children will be spoiled 🙂

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They usually got copybooks, pencils or clothes. Does not matter what it is, they are just happy. Sometime it is hard to make a decide to wich child shall I give gift. Some of them comes to me and to the hungarian school if they know I will give something. Otherwise I can not see them on my lessons. It was hard to say them: Sorry, I do not give the packet to you, But they have to learn: Something for something.

I am here since october. And the village is really opened. I have a few good frinds. Because of there is not so many my age young in the village, I am in a good relationship with the older women. I love to be with my hostes, néne Anna and with her neighbour, néne Ilona. During this wintertime we meet a lot in the evenings. They tell me about their life, about the life of the village. We usually drink mulled wine…the athmosphere is just great! 🙂

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DECEMBER

December is coming and of course with the cold and with the snow. And with the mouses. They feel the warm of my szóba (furnace) and would like to come in my room, in my bed…I hate mouses! Grrrrrrrrrrr :O 🙂

But my hostess, néne Anna, was very kind with me. She gave me Virág (Flower), her a big cat. Ever since the mouses still live with me and Virág’s lots of small fleas. too.

My room is a small 3,5 x 3,5 m2 cell. In one of the corner is my bedroom, in the other is my kitchen, in the third is my office with my dinner and in the fourth is the furnace. My washed dresses are hanging from my ceiling….But stop! I’ve choosen this life, and anyway I like it 🙂

The children help to me a lot. They talk to me, they are happy with me. They always visit me, does not matter it is school or it is not.

We are learning songs for the Christmas time, and making handycraft.

The athmosphere is very friendly and familiar.

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The end of december we made the Christmas celebration. Kind people sent to the children gifts. It was great, but snow was so huge that the cars or the tractors could not come in the village. So my host, bácsi János helped to me. He has horse and sleigh 🙂 It was perfect. I felt myself like Santa.

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The Christmas celebration was great. The arents came with the children. We sang together…I never will forget how happy were the kids. Their small eyes were shining. And they were very thankful. DSCF1387

After the celebration I went to home. I was very exciting. I missed my home, my family, my friends…the bathroom…the warm cook…the warm room 🙂

NOVEMBER

Until november I really could feel the village accepted me.  People invited me to their home, they talked to me, and they started to unfold there small life what is behind the fences, in their home. I like it because I know they like me, but sometime the informations were too much. I am just a teacher from an other place, and they can understand I have to be in a good friendship whit the whole village and I can not hate X.Y. why Y.X. do not like him/her.

So maybe it is the hardest thing in Máriafalva, to be objectiv, and to be in the middle, not on the right or the left side.

Anyway during this few weeks the children and people in Máriafalva became part of my life. And I love this life 🙂

In the school I have only 20 children from 3 until 14 yeras old.  The village is very small, so this 20 children are the total. And they come EVERY day! It is fantastic. I’ve maden three groups, and each group has 1-1,5 hours to learn hungarian. Firstly it was hard, they do not speak in hungarian, and I do not speak in romanian….But now, in november, the passive hungarian vocabulary of the bigger children have come out, so the conservation is much better.

We learn grammar, of course, but I try to teach them with games, so we play a lot. I collect traditional folksongs, ballads, games and than I try to teach back. It is very interesting: I teach the children but actually the village teaches me.

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…and the girls

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During my collection I can make a closer contact with the people mainly with the women. I go with them to make pálinka ( it is a traditional hungarian hard alcohol drink). Or they invite me to cook, and of course to eat dinner 🙂

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