June 10, 2016
I never imagined that I’d ever visit China, let alone live there for 2 years. During those 2 years, I have learned and experienced so many things and I’m so grateful for it. China presented some challenges for me as a woman of color but God sent me some really good friends who became family, they got me through my assignment.
On June 5th my seniors graduated from high school and I was so happy to see them walk across the stage. I will admit dealing with Chinese parents on issues of college was extremely stressful but watching the kids graduate made it worthwhile.
The ceremony was beautiful and they were so happy! After the ceremony, people started taking photos at the booth and they all left.
After the graduation, I rushed home to finished packing because I did not want to stay in China any longer than I needed to. I got my things together and finished out the last week of work. I gave away a lot of things to a new teacher that would be coming in the fall so all I needed to take with me were my suitcases.
During my last week of work, I finished up all the things that I needed to and then concluded the end of the year with one final counseling department meeting.
At the end of the day, I said my quick goodbyes and went home and waited for my taxi to take me to the airport. I was so anxious to leave China that I couldn’t contain my excitement! I was New York Bound!
My flight left right on time and I sat in my seat and counted down until I landed!!!!!!
New York!!!!!! I’m home!
Thank you, China for the lessons you’ve taught me and the people who were kind to me. It’s probably safe to say that I’ll never return to China again.