March marks both the end of our school year and the end of stay of certain people. Our grade 6 students and seniors have graduated. Many will leave and they will definitely be missed.
What saddens me most is the departure of colleagues I’ve come to see as second family. So let me list down here why I’m grateful for each of them.
He’s weird. I will miss his weirdness. I will miss it when he bothers me so that he can ask for help on his lessons. I despise it when he practices his lessons on me (he teaches philo, and he knows I hate the subject, so if I UNDERSTAND his lesson then he knows his kids will get it), but I also love that I’m the one he turns to for this. He always subtly fishes for praise when he talks about his weightlifting achievements to unwilling audiences. Sometimes I feel bad because he doesn’t get the response he both needs and wants especially when he’s so excited about it, but I love that he’s so passionate about this that he just wants to share it with the world.
Russ has a great ear. He will listen to you without unreasonable judgment Let’s face it… People are judgmental, and Russ will tease you like hell, but he is such a teddy bear that he will hear you out, laugh at you, then dispense some really helpful words of wisdom.
I will miss Russ. I am grateful for him because… Just because.
JingJoeHannah and Mandy and Nancy
The first set refers to the trio of the high school Chinese teachers. They carry RBF’s scarier than my own, but we got along with them the most out of all the mainland recruits. Well… Joe, mostly. Hannah gave me a fan and I suppose the paper crane wind chimes (the latter didn’t come with a note) and she was the first laoshi among their batch who was my online friend.
Mandy and Nancy both left the school early, but I had so much fun with them. They were so friendly and outgoing that we were able to bring them to Enchanted Kingdom with us last October.
I wish all the laoshis good health and wealth and happiness. 🙂
Jesu and Kiko
They’re like B1 and B2, never one without the other.
Thoroughbred millennials (idk why I used that adj) who are in tune with the GenZ babies they teach and counsel. They are young and idealistic and do not understand yet some of the things I’ve encountered/experienced/now understand. In their own way, they rage against the machine and they inspire me to do better, reject mediocrities, and continue to innovate. We didn’t get to hang out much this school year, and that’s one of my regrets, but I’m glad they still trusted me enough to open up when they felt it was time to.
Take care, guys. I’ll see you around. 🙂
Her departure was difficult to accept. As a fellow pioneer, I thought we’d always be together, but due to family concerns, she had to go back to the other campus.
We’ve been carpoolmates and friends since the school opened, and even though we sort of drifted apart these last few years, I know Ninglou will always have my back and I hers.
Godspeed, Ninglou, and may you and your family be blessed with good health and a long life.
There are other people who are leaving, but I haven’t had enough interaction with them for me to form any sort of bond with them. The laoshis, at least, are my friends online. Wherever life brings them now, I wish them all the best.