Edith Roller – May 16, 1978 – Tuesday

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Virginia Middleton arrived from the States during the last few days. She seems in good health.

Had breakfast.

I had done much thinking during the night. Serious world events and our own threatened situation, added to the danger that we may loose Jim, made me do much pondering. I decided to base class activities on what I felt. Emphasis was on both plight of the oppressed and on death. I looked up in Bartlett’s Quotations items from Blake, Keats and Shelly to use in second period.

The remainder of my books arrived from Georgetown. I sorted them out in the library to see what they are. My Russian books are among them. I took home my personal letters and old journal records which were packed with the books. I found room, for them in a footlocker.

I worked on my class records.

Had lunch.

Met my adult class at 12.00. Continued with the 465 most commonly used words. Then drilled on phonetics, asking for words, both long and short, which began with the particular sound and discussed the meaning of different words mentioned.

I took my shower.

The weather was hot today and it didn’t rain.

Continued work on my class records.

In my first period class I had decided to recount some of my experiences abroad as Jerome used to frequently ask me to do. The class all of whom were present except for Billy Jones, did not seem very eager, but they became more interested in my talks of guerrilla warfare in Greece. I spent most of the time on Greece, little on the Philippines and India. One handicap was that this class does not know where any of these countries is.

The second period class entered with a disorderly attitude. When I had taken the roll, I got their attention and explained I was going to read excerpts from Blake, Keats and Yeats. They had very little interest in these poets. When I told them we would have Shakespeare tomorrow they protested. If there were any who did not agree, they did not make themselves heard. I agreed to let them read from black poets tomorrow.

Tropp told us we would not have a teachers meeting if none of us had any problems.

We had a big dinner, with a piece of roast pork

When I got home I found that Versie was suggesting we have a house meeting with Patty Dennis who has been giving trouble. She resented being put again under the supervision of Laura Johnston. She is rebellious with all the adults in the cottage; is suspected of having stolen cosmetics from Ann, food and soap from under Versie’s mattress and perhaps cosmetics from Harriet. She is hard to get up in the morning and arrives at rallies late; her whereabouts at night is often not known, she gets in too late for a child of her age.

In addition it is likely that she is responsible for hostile acts such as urinating in Laura’s clothing. Versie went to find Patty. Laura came in and we discussed the matter with her. However, Patty was not found and it was decided a report for counseling would be written.

About 8.30 I went to the library. The book Chile’s Prisoners of War by Rolando Carrasco was available and I read three chapters.

Teresa had written news on the blackboards and I read them.

When I got home it was already past 11.00. Two workers brought sheets for a new resident coming in from Georgetown, Anna B. Washington.

I went to bed and a mattress was brought in after I was asleep. The boat was due at 3:00. I vaguely heard Jim on the loudspeaker telling the new arrivals that no one was to give or receive any messages. Then at 4.00 I awoke when Anna was brought to the cottage. Inez got up and took care of her, went to the Coordinator’s office to get her a blanket, as she didn’t have one.

I got up and went to the bathroom and did not go back to sleep.