Goodbyes are a horrible invention but I guess with each goodbye there is another hello, another smile and another key that opens a new door to your life. As sad as it was to say goodbye to such familiar faces that will be so far away from me when I get home, I know it's not goodbye forever it's 'see you soon'.
My journey here once again has been unforgettable. Introducing mum (cha sue) into a pocket of my life which is so far away from home, has been unforgettable. The children gelled with her straightaway (which isn't hard to believe) even though her time at school was short. I wouldn't have thought in my wildest dreams that I would have been back so soon to Cambodia let alone with mum in tow for some of the journey…the next step is to bring Dad, James, nan and granddad! ABC's is a magical place which gives hope to every child who walks through the coloured gates of school. I was lucky enough to witness our very first graduate which means the school chant has been proven once again 'I know I can, be who I want to be, If I work hard at it, I'll be where I want to be'. The last day was the hardest, full of tears and hugs especially when Tammy and the Dragon class surprised me by singing 'don't stop believing' which I taught them last year. These tears however weren't all sad tears they were happy tears too. Through returning to the school I realised how far these children have come, how much they have learnt, and how much more they can achieve here. Everyone and everything at ABC's, not just the children is constantly growing and the change it will make to lives makes me quite speechless.
I wish I could pack everything into my suitcase and bring it home with me; in reality these are memories. These memories will last a lifetime, more so than pictures and material objects. There are some things that pictures can't deliver and a lot that can be missed; instead these pictures are in the mind, the most important place of all.
Throughout this trip I have learnt to make the most of everything, every moment and every opportunity.
…Don't stop believing.