“I thank my God every time I remember you.”Philippians 1:3
“Don’t cry because it’s over; smile because it happened.”Dr. Seuss
As I reflect back on my time as an intern at Fannie Battle Day Home, I am forced to consider it as simply a blessing. It was truly a blessing to be chosen as a Turner Fellow, a blessing to be chosen to work at FBDH, and a blessing that this summer went exactly how it went. One of the main reasons I wanted to become a Turner Fellow was because I thought this experience would change me for the better. After this summer, I am very pleased to realize that I have learned more about myself and that I grew as a person. This experience has allowed me to not be as uptight, become more extroverted, become more of a leader and become more independent. These four traits are things that I have lacked throughout the entirety of my life and thanks to FBDH, I have gained these valuable attributes.
The Bible verse above represents something that I have been constantly doing since leaving on my last day. Every time I think about that amazing place, the delightful staff and the wonderful kids, I have no choice but to thank God for giving me this opportunity.
The quote from Dr. Seuss above describes something that I have had trouble in fulfilling. Leaving FBDH on my last day was actually very depressing. I am not exaggerating when I say that I was truly distraught and it was very difficult to stop crying. The tears started when I was at the door of the school age classroom and was struggling to exit because all the kids ran over and embraced me in a warm hug. During that moment, I realized there was no point in trying to hide the tears. Every time I think about FBDH, my natural reaction is to shed a few tears in remembrance of the best summer of my life. Now I realize that I should just be thankful for the experience and not cry but smile, like the quote says.
I will miss this place so much and am extremely grateful that I had this opportunity. In total I completed 256 hours. If I had had the time, I most definitely would have worked more. All of that to say, I find joy in knowing that I will be back to FBDH. I have already planned to return during fall break, but I am sure I will be back before then.
Below are some pictures from my last day.
Thank you all for joining me on this journey! I hope you enjoyed reading my weekly updates as much as I enjoyed writing them!