By Suman Singh
I am sitting here, looking out the window of my bedroom. It is snowing a little. The view looks particularly stunning – there is a lot more water in the waterfall now as the snow is melting. The white streaks look like they are smiling at me.
Above all, I am thinking about you guys. I am thinking about the time we spent together. The joyful moments and, of course, lots of laughter and adventures. I am thinking about the lessons we learned for life.
Now and then I can’t do anything but miss you guys. I have a hard time thinking then. Then today I realized that it is only a matter of a year. In just one year we will see each other again and the experience will be even greater. Each year this bond gets stronger.
We got back from Delhi just a few days ago. I finally had the chance to spend some time at home and to run around the village visiting everyone. Everyone I saw had only one question – how are the kids doing? How is everyone? Everyone was asking me – not just the host families but the entire village. I kept thinking how crazy it is that these people are so eager to know how you are, how is your life going. All I can say is that it is clear how much people appreciate the respect you showed to the village and how our connections are just getting deeper and deeper.
Meeting up with you guys in the Delhi airport, it was so hard for me to remember names and put them with faces. So many of you were coming to India for the first time. Now I am missing those same faces and being called Suman-ji from every single corner of this small world – with such sweet accents!
It is such a proud moment for me. I realize what it means to be a brother and a friend amongst you guys! I am really hopeful right now. I hope that the trip will lead you toward the right path in life. I am hopeful that it will challenge you and give you the strength to fight!
How deep are the relationships we all make with each other? It’s always hard for me to hide my tears at the end when I am saying goodbye to each of you. But I have to do it to show you all how strong I am. Well, really, just to show you all how strong this bond is and how strong next year will be!
It is just a matter of a year. Soon I will be seeing many of you again!