A Reboot (Un reinicio)

On May 10th — my mind full of ambitious hope for language learning — I started this project.  I saw myself learning several languages — Spanish, French, German, American Sign Language, and hell, even Dutch, Portuguese, Afrikaans, Japanese… — and envisioned a future of public service; I’d volunteer at polls, I’d work in civil service, I’d volunteer in Africa… I would learn the language my religion’s texts were written in, and I’d learn the languages of those who still practice it in it’s purest form.

I am, after all, nothing if not arrogant.

On May 15th, my wife began chemotherapy radiation treatment for Stage IIIB cancer.  I think that neither one of us anticipated how much this would affect our daily schedule. Suddenly, I was taking an hour of leave from working every day so I could drive her to and from treatment… I missed a dozen night classes at the local community college… and most importantly (for this blog at least) I lost the time to learn any foreign languages.

Suddenly, I was taking an hour of leave from working every day so I could drive her to and from treatment… I missed a dozen night classes at the local community college… and most importantly (for this blog at least) I lost the time to learn any foreign languages.

My wife finished her radiation treatment on June 23rd, and while chemo will continue for several more months, I am finding more time in my schedule than I had before.  I can

I am finishing my associate’s degree in a matter of weeks.  I’m applying for promotions which are in my field.  I have spare time for studying and for language learning.

I’m restarting this blog — this journey — as of today, July 1st.  I still plan to learn as much as I can.  I still hope to volunteer at polls, and work in public service.  My goals are no longer as haughty as they once were; after all, I’ve learned now that you don’t have as much time as you think you do.

Today, I’m restarting my Spanish courses with Memrise and DuoLingo; Monday, I’ll be beginning Michel Thomas’s Spanish courses.

Today, I begin to Speak in Tongues.

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