To my ever-energetic and loving Kindergarteners:
I’ve been Auntie Mari (and Auntie Obruni) for five weeks now, and though it took me a minute to adapt, I’ve loved every moment. Before coming to Kumasi, I never ever interacted with so many Kindergarteners in my life. At first, I felt so incapable of reaching the energy levels that each one of you deserve every day. Now, I see the way in which y’all’s energy is radiating, and it is impossible to not be so full of life with you all. I’m sure this is evident when I try to keep a straight face in trying to be strict but end up laughing at y’all’s silliness. Thank you so much for welcoming me every single day with the biggest and most loving hugs and smiles. You all have been my favorite part of this entire trip and have made the Louis Marie School my favorite place in Kumasi. I did not realize how much I could learn from five-year-olds! From more practical things such as teaching me how to say “sorry” in Twi and making up a new handshake with me (and a blow…and a kiss!) to showing me the passion one must carry in every single action (like in the House Games and basically every class competition), I can confidently say I learn something every single day. I hope I had a similar impact on you all during my time here as Auntie Mari. I also hope you all will reach your dreams of becoming pilots and teachers like you all have told me.