We say good bye to our ambassadors
young voices raised in farewell to their homelands
embarking on adventures in a new land.
New friends, new food, new realities
new dreams, new wishes, new knowledge.
Let us be thankful for the safe harbour of home
and let us be thankful for the journey to the unknown
Let us be thankful for the journeys that our Rotary Exchange Students
embark upon, and the many voices that bring knowledge,
understanding, and peace to the world.
When my daughter departed on her year in Spain, I was fearful. I had had a wonderful year as a Rotary Exchange student in Finland, so I had faith in the process, but I am a mother, so I worried about her safety: bombs, rapists, pick pockets, that sort of thing. I claimed this quote, and quietly accepted that the most important part of parenting is letting go.
“A ship in harbor is safe, but that is not what ships are built for.”
~John Augustus Shedd