It’s really hard to believe a month ago I was leaving the village and Thailand. In many ways it feels like a far away dream, but in others it doesn’t seem like I’ve completely left either. This is part of my journey to say goodbye to Thailand.
These little nuggets of cuteness were graduating kindergarten and put on a play.
The start of the blessings bracelets. This is a traditional Thai ceremony reserved for special occasions like graduations and weddings. It was suiting my last day in the village was the sixth grade graduation celebration.
All of the parents and important village leaders stacked these on my wrist. It’s almost mystical in a way when they murmur over you.
These are all my bracelets (and banana/rice ball I had to carry around all morning, no idea why) by the time I made it through everyone.
I try not to play favorites, but these two are literally my most cherished students in the entire country. When they wanted to add bracelets to my wrist, I couldn’t hold it in anymore and broke down sobbing (which you can sort of see in this picture). The amount of love and gratitude I have for these two little girls is unexplainable in words.
Apparently graduation day also means it’s sticker day
One of the gifts I got from a sixth grade girl. It naturally made the trip home with me.
My adult Thai friends that rented a van and brought me to the airport and as a last meal we had… Chinese food. These are the women I could be my true self with and they accepted me, American faults and all.
My village Thais were a little surprised at the variety of races in their airport… and how cold it was in there. I’m so glad I had some last-minute goofing around with one of my best Thai friends. I miss her so much already.
My all time favorite coffee shop in Thailand. I really wish I could bring this peaceful place home with me.
The longest ticket combination of my traveling to date. This is my ‘see you on the other side of the world’ face.