Sunday, August 5, 2012

Teacher Beth

There are times when I miss being a teacher in China so much that it takes everything I have to not start crying. 
I miss my students. I miss their little faces and hugs and giggles and constant shouts of "Teeeecha Chelsieee." I miss the way they would light up when they saw me coming to tuck them in or play with them on the play ground. I miss working my tail off in order to give them the best education I could.
I miss being a teacher in China.

And my head teacher posted this photo today of one of my favorite students, Beth. This was one of the last days of teaching and I let her wear the apron and be "Teacher Beth" for the day. She was ecstatic, and so incredibly helpful! She kept on telling everyone else "English Only!" and wanting to give out strikes to those who spoke Chinese.

And I saw this photo and felt a physical ache in my heart where she, and the rest of my second graders are supposed to be.

Being her teacher (and sometimes letting her being the teacher) was one of the greatest things I've ever done. And I'm feeling pretty lost without my students these days.

Friday, July 6, 2012



Being in America is surreal and awesome and awkward. I love eating hotdogs and driving my car and being barefoot without worrying about what possible poop I may step in. I love speaking in English and not having to gesture in weird dance moves to try and get my point across. I love my mattress. I love Wal Mart and Market Basket and Dunkin Donuts. I just love America!

But at the same time, I miss Chinese food, and walking to the Jia Jia and eating family style and taking the 30 downtown on a Friday night to visit the DVD store. And I miss my kids, more than I'll ever be able to express.

I wanted to take a moment and thank everyone who has followed my journey in China and who has supported me and encouraged me throughout my adventures. Even by simply reading this blog has been such a comfort and support to me. China was one of the greatest things I've ever done with my life and I loved every moment of it and the reason I was able to achieve this great dream and goal of mine is because of the incredible support system I have had. Thank you, thank you, thank you.

This will probably be my last entry on this blog (unless I decide to go back to China, which I'll never rule out), but for those who find entertainment in reading about my adventures, feel free to follow me on my personal blog, Into the Wild, where I've been blogging for the last three years!

Thank you again!