It was certainly an emotional day today. It was our very last day at the crèches. The kids were so happy to see us again this morning, but our hearts ached having to say goodbye to them. We went our separate ways this morning to the crèches we’ve spent all week at to give the kids some treats as a special farewell.
We each gave them candies and snacks as well as juice to gobble down. A few girls even made fairy bread for them. If you don’t know what that is, it’s just bread with butter and sprinkles on top. It’s simple enough, but it is delicious! The kids went nuts over it too!
They all went berserk knowing they were getting all these special treats. It felt like Christmas to us. Giving out presents and having a meal like that really made the day extremely memorable. Words can’t describe the feeling doing something like this instills in you. The adoration and love these kids have for us and sheer appreciation is uncanny. We will never forget how much of a difference we’ve made in their lives, and we hope they remember us as we will them!
We also brought bubbles, games, toys, books and all kinds of goodies for them to take home with them. They also have loved our sunglasses this entire week. Everyday they reach for them and insist on wearing them. We thought it was fitting to bring all of them a pair of their own to have. One of the older girls who takes care of some of the kids made some bracelets for the girls as well.
The group working on the pyramid and getting sand connected with a group of kids at the sand pit too, so they felt the need to go and bring them gifts too. They were so happy to see them again today, and they were overjoyed to receive something from us.
Needless to say, there were a lot of tears leaving. When it was time to go, we had to pry people away from the kids and the school. Nobody could say goodbye. Like I said, many many tears were shed on the way home, and many more were shed having to say goodbye to those extending to other programs. It was a mess, but it was a good mess. Knowing how close we’ve all become and changing each others lives is something everyone is taking with them when they leave tomorrow.
After all the tears and goodbyes, I think it wore everyone out because every single person slept on the way home. Then when we arrived back in Durban, we went for lunch and resting time. Tonight we’ll have one final dinner all together as a group, as tomorrow we all go our separate ways. I’m preparing myself now for more emotional moments to come. Don’t be angry if all of your children get kidnapped to stay with me here in Africa forever!! I love these guys way too much. None of us want to say goodbye tomorrow… It’s going to be tough.
One last blog post tomorrow, and then I will send them all on their way back to you!
Sobbing Sally (Tara)