Sunday, June 17, 2012
Have you ever met a 9 year old that can speak two languages? It is the most incredible thing. These kids are so smart and so motivated. Their parents care so much about their education and how far they will go in life. Sometimes I feel bad because some of them miss out on being a kid. That is why we try to make our classes fun. We play games, talk a lot and eat lots of candy. I'm sure you are wondering if they are learning...let me tell you. They are! A lot! They are progressing so fast and we can have full conversations with them now:)
Living here has opened my eyes to how big the world is. It is so easy to just live in our own little bubbles and not realize how much more their is to life. Sure, I miss my family more than words can say and sometimes I feel lonely without my friends but this experience is going to shape our future. I know that when we look back on this time in our lives we will be grateful for the courage we had to do it!
It's crazy to think that I would have never met these kids if I would've said no to this opportunity. I'm so glad I said yes. They have made me so excited to one day start a family and to teach my own children. I hope to mix a little bit of China into the way we raise them... give them many opportunities to learn and give them so much love they won't even know what to do with it! I want them to learn more than one language from the beginning. Those immersion programs are awesome!
I'm writing all of this down so I can look back on this when i'm confused about why I am living in China. I want to remember this feeling, this feeling of love and thankfulness. I love our students and I know that we will stay in contact with many of them. Who knows maybe one of them will be an exchange student one day and we can meet again! Life is just that crazy!
From China with love,