When in India by Isaac Behunin
There is no place like this one. Walking into Main Day for the first time, meeting all the girls and seeing them smile so big is something I'm always going to remember. They are the most beautiful, fun, and loving little people you will ever meet. They all have different stories, different trials, and different experiences. It's the same with all of us. And coming here, learning the stories of both the girls and my teammates, has made a bigger difference in my life than I ever thought it could. We came here to teach little girls and boys English, the funny thing is how much they've taught me. Patience is a big thing haha.
I've grown to love these girls more than I've be ever loved anything. It doesn't seem real that I'm not going to see them again.
Today we said goodbye. It was the hardest, most heart-breaking thing I've ever had to do. Just looking at my girl, Rupa, made me cry. I couldn't talk, let alone sing. We sang "Come Back, Be Here" by Taylor Swift as our goodbye song. Towards the end of the song, I realized that those were the last moments I had with them, and the last minutes I had to see them. And then, faster than any of us liked, it was just over. We walked out as both the girls and all of us were sobbing. Looking at Rupa and not being able to give her one last hug was torture. I love all of these girls so much. More than I ever thought I would after only 5 days of teaching them. Even the sassy, frustrating girls are some of the ones I'll miss the most. Driving down the long driveway towards the gate I realized how much of a difference we made in these kids lives. And how much they made in ours.
The experiences I've had, friendships I've made, and love I've felt is something that I'm never going to forget. It's something that I can't explain. The feeling here is unlike anything at home. This trip has been the best, most impactful experience of my life and I'm so grateful to have been able to come and help these people.
Cheers from India!!