I watched them both as the French Rotarians tried to explain something to them or ask them a question. They both had that deer-in-headlights look of complete confusion, and I couldn’t help but laugh when the French adults would ask them a question and the kids would respond with a smile and a slight nod of the head just like I had done only a few months before. It was then when I realized that I was no longer a newbie. Unlike those two new students, I understood what was going on. While they thought everything was still so foreign, I was the one now who was comfortable with the differences now. It seemed like just yesterday when I was in their shoes, not understanding a single word but now, I was the one who served as the translator when the Rotarians needed to spread a message or when something needed to be explained. I was now an oldie that all the newbies could look up to just like I did back in September.
The day that I thought would never come finally had and it was one of the best feelings I’ve had here in France and something I’ll remember forever.
Ashley Bliss is a Cooperstown Rotary exchange student. Follow her adventures on her blog at www.ablissfulbonjour.wordpress.com