Friday, June 20, 2008

RSVP'ing...a cultural thing?!

This past February we had an event called "Hermano Mayor", it's really homecoming for the school. We invite all ex-students to come back for a three day retreat/event and it's a lot of fun. The thing is, no one RSVP's! The morning the event starts, we have no idea if we will have 500 or 50 guests. That makes food planning, room arrangements, and even seating arrangements a bit difficult.

Tonight we have our graduation. Just now, fifteen minutes ago, the students told me how many rooms they will need for their families. The problem is that we don't have enough. I don't know what I am going to do, but I'll figure something out.

This is one thing of this culture that we don't understand. I think we could send out reservation cards and all of that, but they wouldn't turn them back in. They wouldn't understand if we didn't have a place for them, or food for them. It's totally crazy.


Rebecca said...

The cool thing is, they won't mind if you pile them in like sardines! At least if your students are like our students, you just say, "Diego, you're sharing your room with Braulio's family." They'll work it out! Take a deep breath! God's in control!

Sarah said...

I think the art of the RSVP is rapidly declining here, too. It makes it frustrating to plan events.