Today was the day I’ve been dreading since the moment we arrived in Sunder Nagar. The day where this whole adventure came to a close. Saying bye to the kids was one of the hardest things I've ever done. Knowing that I probably will never see them again just breaks my heart. All the kids were very sad and the teachers even got emotional which made me cry even harder. I will miss them so much, especially Dheeraj, Uaday, and Ajay. I may have only known them for a short time, but they have changed my life forever. I will truly miss being Jack Ducker.
Unfortunately, that was not the only goodbye today. We had to bid farewell to the market, the drivers, the cooks, and the translators. I became really close with the translators in a short time which made this day a lot harder. My team’s translator, Vinayak, has been really awesome with the kids, especially the blind girls that we teach. However, it was saying goodbye to a different translator named Yash Thakur that was the hardest. Him and I call each other brother because our last names sound almost identical. These goodbyes were almost as hard as saying goodbye to the kids, but I know I can keep in touch with the translators through social media which makes it somewhat easier.
It was a day full of emotions, tears, packing, cleaning, and goodbyes. The only thing getting me through this is knowing I get to tour for a few days with some of the best people I know. To Matt Wilcox’s mother, you raised a great kid.
Mom- Pretty sad you didn’t answer my phone call the other night, but I can’t wait to see you and the rest of the fam on Saturday. Get ready to go to hires.