I’m starting to get used to goodbyes.
As a TLG volunteer just rounding out my second year, this is now old hat. The friends I’ve made over the past months will go their separate ways – some back home, some to other countries, some to their summer assignments in Georgia. Most, I will never see again.
That’s teaching abroad. You’re thrown together with strangers for a year, and the friendships you develop are short and intense and interesting. The brightest flames burn quickest. Those people whose every blog post and facebook update I hung on last week will be the people I stop following next week. Their pictures are no longer of Georgia, but of their hometowns and their friends and families and old haunts, and I will know that I have let them go, and I will push them out of sight because I do not want to dwell…
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