June 28, 2013
Dear Rachel and Alex,
Today is your last day of school – what a milestone. You did it! You made it through a whole year of school in Ecuador and you not only survived, you thrived. You learned a new language (and are so fluent that you correct us sometimes!), you made new friends, you defended yourself against bullies, you learned about how schools can be so different. You gained a new understanding about diversity.
We are not sure what you will remember from this year. Above all, we hope you will remember how much you have accomplished. How you trusted us to come to this new place and went to school every day despite how hard it was sometimes. You learned to
maneuver in so many new situations – packed and unpacked and slept in more foreign beds than imaginable just a year ago. We’ve seen you grow stronger and more flexible throughout every moment of this process and we hope that you’ll come to see yourselves that way as well. YOU did it. We cannot imagine being more proud of any completed school year than this one. Thank you for seeing it through to the end and giving it your all.
Now only time will tell how you will view this year and how it may affect all that lies ahead. Know that we wanted so much for you to appreciate that there is a world out there – greater than all of us. Congratulations!
We love you,