We’re halfway through the year now. We’ve had our shortest day and can look forward to longer ones as Cape Town starts to show its coldest side. We drive home in the evenings hopeful that we’ll notice that tiny bit of extra daylight we know we deserve. I don’t know about you, but around July I start to think about how fast my own life is moving. This year, however, I’m also pausing to think about my mentee and how much time I have left to enrich her life through the SAYes programme. What can I still offer her? What can she still teach me? It can be hard to stay motivated through the winter. As a New Englander, this cold doesn’t bother me, but the rain can wreak havoc on planned meetings. I like to touch base with my mentee throughout the day if it’s pouring. Often, it doesn’t make sense to sit in traffic for two hours, arrive late, and only be able to meet for 30 minutes. I’d rather reschedule, and know that if I give my mentee notice, she will understand. I explain why it’s difficult when traffic is at a standstill, and how frustrating it is to be stuck without a way to move. The weather in Cape Town is something special, but the traffic during a rainstorm is a phenomenon I hadn’t known before I moved here. So, I pitch when I can, and I make a plan with my mentee when I can’t so that she knows we’re still going to get together. Communication, understanding and perseverance, that’s what the winter months with SAYes have taught me so far.
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