(Kind happy birthday wishes and good-bye from some grade six students)
As I gathered my two suitcases and prepared to head to the airport I was hit with a tidal wave of emotions. Thoughts of anger, betrayal and confusion were swept aside momentarily as I held up a poster given to me by my students on my final day at school. Their kind words, birthday wishes and taped together pieces of candy meant the world to me at this moment. I took one final glance at the cute decorated notes before I carefully rolled it up and placed it inside my suitcase. I’ve always felt a bond with my students that over the years has allowed me to gloss over less than stellar working & living situations. As I took a quick glance at my empty apartment it hit me for the first time that events that transpired merely 10 days ago were forcing me out of a job and country that had been a reliable source of income, comfort and stability for me up until now. As I wheeled my suitcases out the door I was about to embark on a journey I’d yet to experience before in my life – one of total uncertainty.