It has been a very interesting experience.
The first 2 days, I just stood in one place holding my sign.
Then I decided that that was just not fun and too awkward.
I now walk up and down the sidewalk and wave and smile to everyone.
I have met some nice people who walk their kids to school.
I met a young man who walks down to the market in the morning and he is amazing. He stopped and asked if he could get me anything at the market. What a kind offer! The next day he brought me a donut. How nice was that?
Lots of people drive their kids to school here - so there is a lot of waving and smiling (on my part) going on.
Drivers learned quickly, that I will smile and wave if I make eye contact. So many do not look at me anymore. Some wave and smile right back. A few give me a "thumb's up."
There are some students who walk by and smirk and I give them a big "Good Morning!" and they are obligated to return the greeting.
I just enjoy the fresh air and I hum "Alice's Restaurant" (you CAN get anything you want!) or Pete Seeger's "What Did You Learn In School Today" to myself and enjoy the view of the hills beyond the school.
The superintendent sent someone out of the district office with coffee for me. What a nice gesture.
I am getting the hang of this.