As I embark on Yoder’s 2017 summer adventure to London, UK, one thing above others rests heavily in my mind – how to begin this important journal entry? I pondered whether to start with an intellectual speech from Sir Winston Churchill or perhaps an endearing quote from non other than, the epic writer, William Shakespeare. Regardless of how much of a cliche this may be, I am grateful to share this wonderful experience with my Yoderlings.
When I arrived at Taipei International Airport at roughly 4:30pm today, I was absolutely heartened to see all the families who had made their way to the airport to see the students off. I was particularly delighted to greet Stanley’s sister, Isa; Webber’s sister, Rainie; Tiffany and Frank’s sister, Fiona; and Natalie’s sister, Sophie. Amongst all the families I met, I was especially astonished when I discovered that 15 members of Webber’s extended family had journeyed to the airport to wish him a “bon voyage.” I later told Weber that he was a very lucky lad because he was so well-loved. In response, his grin widened and in his eyes, I could see his appreciation of his family.
Finally, a special thanks also goes out to Chairman Hsieh, Director Jerry Hsieh, and all the Yoder parents for their support and dedication.