‘Til We See You Again
Welp, it’s been a long 2.5 weeks, but we made it in mostly one piece. For every triumph, there were a couple of failures, actually a lot of failures. However, seeing the community and all of the kids on our final day was something truly special.
The sinks were decked out with streamers and ribbons, the chairs and tents were all set up, the food was ready and waiting, and the whole community was there to welcome us. They even put a sign above the pump cage that had everyone on it but Jacob, classic. So, we were invited to the front to give a quick speech about our experience for the community, and I think most of us nailed it, we even got a few laughs. All that was left for us to do was cut the ribbon and finally get this inaugural party underway.
Before we even sat down, some family members from the community got up and started a celebratory dance and got us to jump in. All of our team, the other Thailand team, and everyone else involved in PUC Thailand jumped in and danced as awkwardly as we possibly could. The kids came in and started beating up Jacob and were having a great time laughing at our inability to dance, except for Khem’s father-in-law who showed us how it was done.
With everyone all tuckered out, we crawled over to the chairs to grab the water bottles and gift bags to hand out to the kids. After that was done and we were just about to head to the feast, we were called back up again but this time it was for gifts that the school got for us. They gave us beautiful notebooks, some awesome satchels, and notes written in English for all of us. I thought I was going to get emotional at that part, but this was just the beginning. Oh yeah, we also got to finally eat the incredible feast/potluck filled with food from the village.
We pulled out the notebooks that we were just given and got a ton of autographs from the kids and teachers. Some kids also got out some pieces of paper and got us to sign it as well. For the kids that didn’t have any paper nearby, we signed their arms and they signed ours. The older kids realized what was happening and decided to friend us on Facebook, so that we could keep in touch. Unfortunately, it didn’t last long enough.
With a final goodbye from the kids, and a few coconuts that we picked up on the way, we were off to the church to pack up. After a long year, our PUC project is officially complete. Thanks for reading our blogs, this project was truly incredible and I’m glad that you got to experience it with us.
But, we have one more surprise in store, so stay tuned for our little bonus...project.