Touched by Words

The clock read 4:00pm and I had just finished a health lesson on the importance of movement and being active. I brought my student’s outside to practice hopping like a frog, waddling like a duck, bouncing like a kangaroo, twirling in a circle, dancing, running in place, skipping, swimming like a fish, and flying like a bird. Yes being a teacher you have to do things that you know you look a little silly doing.

We returned to the classroom, and I packed up my bag as I always do. I proceeded to make my way towards the door, leaving my student’s behind with my Thai co-teacher. As I start to leave I am greeted with 37 little voices saying, “teacha! good bye! See you tomorrow!” All the while waving and smiling back at me with big toothless grins. My reaction, “goodness it’s amazing to hear them speaking.” Then as I take one step out of the door, one little girl, Pearwa, say’s “teacha! I love you!” while doing the sign language sign, with one of the biggest most contagious smile’s painted across her face. It was one of those precious moment’s where you truly fall in love with exactly where you are in life. Struggles set aside, I’m right where I’m meant to be.

Kayla Westhuis is currently participating in the CE Teach in Thailand program

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