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Why do all good things come to an end?

Hey!

Since I still don’t have words to describe my last day at Kositsamosorn, I think some pictures are in order:

I was hanging out with the kids during recess and we decided to have some fun with my camera.  Aren't they adorable?

I was hanging out with the kids during recess and we decided to have some fun with my camera. Aren't they adorable?

Before I left, all of the 3rd and 4th graders (about 200 of them) came down to say good-bye.  Each 4th grader had made me a card and they gave them to me one by one.  Then the school deputy (principal) gave me a thank-you card and a necklace.  The kids sang me a Thank You song and a Goodbye song and of course, I cried!

Before I left, all of the 3rd and 4th graders (about 200 of them) came down to say good-bye. Each 4th grader had made me a card and they gave them to me one by one. Then the school deputy (principal) gave me a thank-you card and a necklace. The kids sang me a Thank You song and a Goodbye song and of course, I cried!

The kids all crowded around to hug me goodbye.  I was being pulled in every direction and being hugged, kissed, and touched by 200 kids at the same time.  Walking to the van was extremely difficult with all those kids clinging to me, but it was the most amazing experience!

The kids all crowded around to hug me goodbye. I was being pulled in every direction and being hugged, kissed, and touched by 200 kids at the same time. Walking to the van was extremely difficult with all those kids clinging to me, but it was the most amazing experience!

Saying goodbye was hard, but the memories I have of these kids are incredible.  They have taught me so much about how to love and how we as human beings should treat each other.  I know that their memories of me will be soon forgotten as soon as the next volunteer comes along, but my memories of them will last a lifetime.

I am spending my last two days trying to pack in as much stuff as possible.  Last night, I went to take pictures of our neighbody lady’s garden and ended up spending 3 hours with her having tea, looking at pictures of her garden, and practicing some guided meditation.  She is so sweet and lives a very peaceful life that I am fairly envious of.

Today I went to the Teak Mansion (summer home of King Rama V) and the National Museum of Thailand.  Quite a lot of Thai history for one day, but I’m a little bit of a dork when it comes to museums, so I enjoyed myself.

Tonight I am going to see a traditional Thai masked dance show at a historic theater in Bangkok.  Tomorrow is a lot of last-minute souvenir shopping at the weekend market, and then I jump on a plane to come home.

Sawatdee Ka!

-Katrina

3 Responses to “Why do all good things come to an end?”

  1. Sunshine!! This is truely amazing. You are wonderful and I am sure you touched one of those kids in a way that they will remember you in particular. I am so proud to beable to say I know you!

  2. You may not have the words to descibe your last day, but as they say, “a picture is worth a thousand words” and these pictures are wonderful and tounching. I’m happy that your experience has been so rewarding. See you soon.
    Dad (also a museum dork)
    PS: No more shoe purchases…please!

  3. I can see why these kids are going to miss you, because I have missed you a great deal while you have been gone! Rest assured that those hugs and praises will be continued when you return to me! I’ll see you soon, love! I’m excited to hear stories and to see your shining face.

    Love, Ana (third member of the museum dorks club)

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