Swell Feet, Swoll Heart By Ada Law
Okay so I am not really sure where to start, so I guess I will start at the beginning (don’t worry, I’ll be snappy). After being abandoned by my mom at the airport, all 28 of us got some food and took over a big section of the seats by our gate. We got on our first flight to Amsterdam which was about 9 hours. We had an 8 hour layover in Amsterdam, got on another flight for 8 hours, waited outside the Delhi Airport for what seemed like 3 hours, took an 18 hour bus ride, a 10 minute car ride, and finally walked up a path to our hotel. We arrived at the hotel at about 10:00pm, had to take our stuff to our rooms, and packed for our first day of teaching. This is where the swoll feet part comes in. My feet had not been elevated for over two days. I will try to give you a good image in your brain because there is not possibility of putting a picture of my feet out into the world. Anyways…just picture those latex cleaning gloves filled with water with the fingers a little shorter. Oh and I was wearing sandals and had to loosen them 6 inches. You will be happy to know that I took a nice long bucket shower and I had to tighten my sandal straps.
That was the swoll, feet part. Now for the swoll heart part. As I got out of the bus that took us to the school today, I realized I have been waiting for this moment for almost a year. I was overwhelmed with an unexplainable feeling of love and connection. There are 17 beautiful children who carry a light in their beautiful chocolate brown eyes. The teacher, principle, and the children were so welcoming and treated us like family. After their morning prayer songs, the children lined up and gave us small bouquets of handpicked flowers as they told us their names and the teacher and principle gifted us with beautiful caps and scarves. All the feelings of seclusion, fear, and worry melted away and the rest of the day went by surprisingly quickly. After only day one, I can already tell that I am going to make connections that will last a lifetime. These kids are so genuinely happy and make my heart swell. I really was not expecting to feel what I have felt. I regret to say that during the two days of travel, I just wanted to be home. But now, I feel like I could never leave. The way that they grabbed my hands and stared into my eyes made every bit of travel and preparation worth it. Day two, here I come!
Hope ya stopped crying, mom. Love ya,