Parties, piñatas, and the last day of school.

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The past month has been a blur. All the days have blended into one big mass of stress and boxes. The logistics of moving 9,000 miles away has become more than I anticipated. And work has been a disaster. I’ve had to crunch 2 weeks of work into one because such is life and nothing ever goes as planned. But this past week has been good.

This week, we were able to say our goodbyes to those we love and those who love and support us.

Earlier in the week, we met with friends and had a picnic in the park. We hula hooped, played Uno, and did some AcroYoga in the warmth of the beautiful sun. I have to admit, that day was the most relaxed I’ve been in the last few months. It was definitely the beginning of a really good week for the both of us.


Today was the last day of school and it was filled with all sorts of emotions that I wasn’t exactly prepared for. I bought a piñata to the school today and it was hilarious to watch the kids break it open. The boy started things off and each kid in his class took a whack at it. At the end of it all, it was the boy who gave the final smack that sent the kids into a frenzy. It was good to see them able to come together one last time before we left. After the dust settled and the children ran around with their shirts full of candy, I was able to sit with his teacher, Jane. She had been in our lives for the past 3 years and has been a huge influence in his development over these years.


When he came to the school, we experiencing a few transitions and it was challenging for him to adjust to kindergarten. He wasn’t verbally expressive and began hitting kids at school. But Jane was patient. It wasn’t easy and it took us about a year and a half to figure out one another, but eventually she grew to learn the boy that I loved and trusted her with him every day.

But here we are, on the last day at the school. And I am saying goodbye to an extended family that has loved and supported us these past few years. I am so thankful to the school for helping me raise this boy into the incredibly social, adventurous, loving, and caring kid he is today. I’m proud to be part of the Project Learn community and will terribly miss everyone here.

Some of the boy’s friends from school at a going away party.

It’s amazing to think that you can be strangers with a group of people, most of which you have no commonalities, and grow to love and support them and feel that love and support returned. I hope we find that same kind of community in Cambodia.

In fact, I’m sure we will. Immensely thankful for the experiences I have had over this past week and for those loved ones we were able to say our final goodbyes. This week has instilled a new calm and made the transition a little easier for the boy.

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