I leave Yap in 21 days.
I will miss…
1. My babies- I love my 11 students aka my kids and
babies. I have seen them grow up so much during the past 9 months. I can write
a book on how much each of them has changed me for the better. They have shown
me, truly, how great God is. They are full of life; love, energy, knowledge,
faith and hope. They make me proud daily. I am thankful I was able to be apart of their lives. They will remain in my heart until I see them again, hopefully during their High School Graduation.
2. The Rain- I think the longest its gone here
without raining was 3 or 4 days? I like the rain. I love the sound of the rain.
I love when it rains super hard, whether its for 30 seconds or 3 hours. I will
miss the sporadic rain. I will miss sleeping to the sound of rain. I wish I
could take this rainy weather back to California.
Singing- My favorite
part of going to church was the car ride to church. We would sing songs during
the 20-minute drive. It was a mix of children praise songs to old school hymns.
I loved just singing for no other reason then to praise God. I’ve had some time
to adjust, since Nathan (aka the lead singer) moved off campus with his family
last month. But even then, I will miss it once I’m home. Above all, I will miss
singing with my kids every morning during worship. I will miss showing them new songs in English and in
Spanish. I will miss hearing their voices.
4. My Friends- I’ve been fortunate to make some friends
during my time here in Yap. I will miss Ms. Sue and Mr. John more then they
know. I will miss their friendship, kindness and genuine care. I’ll miss
bugging Akram and speaking the tiny bit of Urdu I’ve learnt. will miss Ms.
Delphina, Chloe, Mr. Thomas, the Yap church family. I will miss making Mercer act like my friend. Most of all, I will miss my
6 roommates- we did life together, –however messy and challenging it became at
times– it made Yap, Yap. I already
miss Ivana, my original roommate; she made the transition into Yap go smoothly.
I will miss Larissa, my current roommate, and our meaningful 1 am talks about
life. I will miss Jo’s baking goodness. I will miss Melissa’s “thank you’s” and kind words. I will most def miss my tres amigas! Nallely and Kristin’s laid back attitudes really balanced out my aggressive one to a T. I will miss my güerita, our walks
5. Teaching- I became a teacher overnight. I have
spent hours researching, making posters, grading worksheets, copying and lesson
planning. It has caused me some frustration but most of all it has made me feel
accomplished. I did my best for my
kids. I have never been so creative in my life. I will miss teaching. I will
miss seeing the faces of my kids when they finally understand a concept. I will
miss hearing my kids say their memory verses. I will miss watching my kids
write sentences. I will miss teaching my kids about God. I will miss teaching
my kids to read new words. I will miss hearing my kids read out loud. I will
miss asking my kids to show me “whole body listening”. I will miss asking the
class, “who is smart and special?”. This list could go on and on. Its safe to
say, I will miss being a 1st grade teacher to my babies the most.
6. Being Appreciated- I will miss all the simple thank you’s,
hand picked flowers, notes, drawings, nunus, and hugs I receive on a daily
basis. Genuine appreciation via my students and other people around me has made
these past nine months feasible. It is so nice to feel appreciated and little
people do a great job at making me feel loved and appreciated.
7. The Culture- Among other things, I will miss
wearing my lava lavas. I will miss the respect the students show. I will miss
how simple and happy the people live. I will miss the warm welcomes. I will miss seeing the traditional dances. I will miss hearing people speak Yapese and outer island. I will miss seeing the care people have for their villages and how they keep it clean.
8. The Scenery- I want to ship home the deck I sit on
every day during recess. I love how peaceful it is there. I don’t appreciate
enough the beautiful scene I am surrounded by. I will miss my backyard. I will
miss hiking through the jungle. I will miss all the pretty manta rays, sharks,
fish I was able to see when we snorkeled that one time.
9. My (other)
babies- there are so many other babies I am attached too. Mainly my babygirl
Misha, shes my next-door neighbor and I love that little girl. I already miss my
baby boy Derrick, he was my buddy at church but hasn’t came recently. All the
other elementary, middle and high school students who have smiles and readily
greet me. I will miss Jerlyn, her smile and kind words.
10. Yap. I will miss Yap. I can say
without a doubt, Yap has been nothing but a blessing. I have endured a
multitude of trails and tribulations while being here (& I don’t feel I am
exaggerating). I wouldn’t have wanted to experience Yap in another way because it
has been an overall blessing. I am closer to my Maker. Thank you Yap.