I remember you, giant eucalyptus tree. You were huge when I was a kid here and it’s comforting to see you haven’t shrunk as I’ve gotten older 🙂
Back there is Swedish House, my dorm from 3rd through 6th grade. It was wonderful to visit with Shekinah, another Swedish-Houser and we recalled all sorts of memories, such as playing on that huge hill, which doesn’t seem that big now and playing capture-the-flag in the woods behind that have been cut down now and the crazy daily bus journey down and up from school…
It’s amazing how vivid the memories are from this part of my life and being able to come back reinforces these strong, old memories. It’s been good to connect with old alumni, staff, my dorm-parent, my PE teacher, some ayyas (maids) who still remember me, the carpenter with whom I spent hours building things with wood, some of the cooks from the dining hall and the nurses at The Dish (dispensary).
I gave a little talk on the Covered Courts in the evening, just before the Kodai Athletic Club handed out Field Day awards. I didn’t want to encourage the kids to quit their job later in life, but just to follow their passion, put the effort in and it’ll pay off 😉