I will continue my post about my spring break with Frankie in London and when my family visited Ireland later, but now comes the hard part…goodbyes. The title of this post is a quote by Dr. Seuss and he says it perfectly. Although I probably will cry (okay, I HAVE cried), I will cherish the memories I’ve made in Ireland and the amazing people I’ve met here. Here goes:
Kyro, Ciara, Shona, Eimear, Vanessa, and everyone from the UL Drama Society: Thanks for welcoming me into the society and allowing me to be a part of Hercules. I know I can come off as shy, but I had a blast and you guys are doing a great thing!
Shea, Carlee, Maria, Camille, Brad, Jessica, Dan, Sarah, Maddie, and anyone from Kilmurry I may have forgotten: Thanks for being great friends and always welcoming me to Kilmurry Village! I had a great time going out with you guys and just having fun. Keep in touch!
Ryan, Katie, Genevieve, and Carrie: I know we were a small group, but I had a grand time on the IFSA-Butler trips with everyone! Katie and Genevieve, I will see you around campus. Carrie and Ryan, definitely keep in touch!
Naomi, Audrey, Megan, Cassidy, Tereasa: I had a great time on various trips and going out to town with you guys! And I thank you for willing to walk me back to Dromroe. I know I didn’t always see you guys all the time but you always included me and I appreciate that. Keep in touch!
Erin, Fiona, and Abby: I had a great time with you guys this semester! From our village dinners to our mornings at the market, I have enjoyed spending time with you! Thanks for inviting me to dinner in Dromroe for the first time; things were never the same after that, in a good way! And Abby, thanks for the day trips we went on together; Dingle was especially unforgettable! Keep in touch!
Michelle, Barbara, Maureen, Pat, and Families: Thanks for taking me in and welcoming me to this beautiful country! I will never be able to thank you enough!
Rosemary: Thanks for taking my family in during their vacation and welcoming me as well when I first got here. I will always remember my time in Ireland and all you’ve done to welcome me here!
Nell: Thanks for letting me stay at your home during weekends and providing me with meals, snacks, gifts, but most importantly, unforgettable memories. You have been so great to me and I will be forever grateful!
Well, I keep telling myself I’ll come back at some point in my life. And I will. I may never see some of these people again, but they all came into my life for a reason and I will be eternally grateful. This semester has been the best thing that has ever happened to me; I learned so much about myself and what I am capable of. I am a changed person for the better.
Live. Laugh. Love.