I'm coming up on my year here and the main thing that I've noticed is how children really do grow up so fast. Yes I've watched my nieces and nephews grow, but I don't see them everyday and I don't grade them on their English abilities.
It's been baffling me how much these kids have grown in one year, for the ones that have stayed the whole year I've been here. I've grown extremely attached to some of them, to a point where I asked one of my girls if she could ask her mom if she could come home with me. She completely understood what I was asking, but a year ago she was still learning pencil and days. Now she puts sentences together and has impeccable pronunciation.
To watch these kids develop and grow has been a secret blessing. A year has gone by so fast and without notice these kids have had birthdays and new baby brothers or sisters be born. An hour for them is excruciating, but for me I'm getting to a point where it's not enough time.
A favorite class of mine, which consists of 9 precious bright girls and one adorable struggling boy, got so upset when I said I was leaving in 2 months. As much as I've grown attached to them they too have become attached to me and it's going to be a struggle to hold back the tears that are going to pour out of my eyes when I leave them.
For now though I'm just trying to enjoy my last month and a half left. A couple of trips are in the works around Korea and a lot of meditation beach time is being taken advantage of. The meditation is much needed because the stress of trying to get everything situated for when I get back into Tx is mounting up. Hopefully I can counteract the two.