Very Hard to Say Goodbye

“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the things you did do.”
-Mark Twain

Much to all our dismay, yesterday was our last full day here in Pommern. In the morning, Sharon, Ha and I went to the Kindergarten. We sang songs, reviewed numbers and practiced flashcards. Then Sharon went to teach English while Ha and I were human jungle gyms for the kids outside. From there I headed to the clinic with the intention of assisting with the outreach clinic. It hadn’t started yet, so I went inside and met Dr. Godlove, Mary and Joana. Dr. Godlove said we weren’t doing the outreach program that day. I stayed with them and we saw quite a few patients.

Matt and Joe continued digging the foundation, which wasn’t quite enough, for the kitchen at the Secondary School.

Don taught chemistry in the morning and joined Mickey in the computer center entering the Form VI grades into the computer. In the afternoon, Mickey met with Mama Lenny, probably for the last sewing lesson on the electric sewing machine. Joana met her friend at the Internet café, who gave her a beautiful trio of baskets as a parting gift.

We all had dinner at the secondary school which was wonderful because we all got to say our Thank Yous and Goodbyes. Mary gave Dr. Godlove a big hug and there may have been some moist eyes.

After our feast, Matt, Joana, Ha and I met up with our friends Charles, Ezra, Malaki, and Richard to give them the cards we had made for them. It was a nice evening, but very hard to say goodbye to the people who have been our “family” for the past couple of weeks. I know we will never forget them.


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