The absolute best part about going to Coach for College was revealed to me during this past last week, and that was how much we truly helped the kids. I guess I never realized how much it meant to them until Friday morning, when they all started crying and taking our autographs and pictures with us on their phones. They talked about how they didn't want us to leave, about how much they would miss us, and about how much they loved us. Really got to me. I think the biggest thing that got to me, was this letter and picture from my favorite student, Hien. You can click on them to enlarge them and read them:
This is Hien and I. She was the best student in the entire
camp in my opinion. I'm a little biased though, because
I legit Loved her. She was great.
Here is the letter she wrote Eric and I. Though Nelly translated the part of the letter addressed to me for me (click on it to read it, then you'll know why I got so attached to some of the kids):
And here is the picture she drew me, she said the girl in the front was her, and the girl in the back was me, her "sister."
Another moment that touched me from Hien was on Friday afternoon when I started getting sick. I went to the director's room, and I refused to leave the camp because I wasn't sure if I would be able to come back after that day or not. Hien came down after the camp, and she just came up to me as I was lying down, asked me "How are you?" and then squeezed my hand and stood there for awhile. I gave her a letter I had written her, as well as another one I had written to her parents, both translated by Tram and Nelly (thank God for the translators!). I just wanted her parents to know what a great student she was. She wants to be a singer when she grows up. I told her she could do anything she dreamed of. And I really believe she can. She sang for us all, and it was the most beautiful voice I had ever heard. Really talented. Anyways, that's probably the one kid who truly touched my heart. I miss her already, especially when I read that letter. Hopefully I will be able to see her at some point again.
In the morning session, one of my favorites was Hau and Hien, two boys who really excelled at basketball and were the most well behaved, nicest boys I have ever met. I gave Hau my Tech basketball, which he had all of us autograph. And I gave Hien my Tech football, which he had me autograph. Here's a picture of Hau and I with his basketball:
I guess I'll try and finish this blog without making it too sad. But really, this was one of the most moving experiences of my life. It was inspiring to see how much the kids cared about us, how much they loved us, and most of all, how much life they had in them when they really seemed to own just their bike to get around. Some of them biked an hour to get to school. Some had to skip because they had to work for their parents. But really, they were always so enthusiastic and full of spunk and respect. I wish I could describe how amazing they really were.
Though I will admit that the moment Morgan and I entered San Francisco Airport, we were singing "Proud to be an American", I'll really miss Vietnam (aside from getting sick haha).
Things I will miss most from Vietnam:
-The cold showers (never really needed a hott one)
-The fried calamari (yes, I will miss that)
-The KOALA BEAR SNACKS!
-The kind and spirited people
Things I missed from America:
-Getting on facebook without having to use a program to surpass the government
-Grapes and pretzels
-Tap water and being able to drink it
-Family and friends
Alright this is getting to be too long, that's it for now!
I'll miss 'Nam, and all those who left me with the inspiration they did.