Kevin Gao
Kevin Gao
China 2017
My parents always said we were from the land of the Dragons and we will never be far from it. Time has changed and now this is my journey back to China, the Land of Dragons, where everything started for my family. Read More About Kevin →

Cerecare Week 6

Time has flown by, and throughout these times, I feel like a lot has changed. It has been a long way since early days of my time here in Shanghai. Back then I was still trying my best to adapt to society and my work. I remember how terrified I was on my first day at work. Now, I feel like I am more than just adapted to life here in Shanghai. I fit right in! No more fear of crossing the street, or ordering new foods, or exploring China. I feel like I belong in Cerecare. I feel very comfortable here doing what I am doing; maybe even too comfortable.

I am used to the recent weather now, raining everyday, high heat and super humid, and bits of uncomfortable pollution. It might seem a bit ominous, but this atmosphere is like home to me and Cerecare is my family. At Cerecare, I feel very acquainted with the staff and children. Every caretaker, teacher, manager, and children all have a story. And with my month and a half time here, I feel like I learned a lot about everyone. Everyone has a story of why they are here and what their current struggles are. I communicate and learn a lot of new things. Personal and public things. Good things and bad things. Tears and laughter. These personal experiences connects me to this place even more, which I guess is why I adapted so easily to where I am. There are many stories I would love to share, but for the privacy of the individuals in Cerecare I will refrain.

The teachers and other workers all know of me as the little brother, and all the children know me as big brother. And in this time, I have done a lot for them and they have done a lot for me. For the little time I have life, I will grasp every opportunity to enjoy every bit I can and learn as much as I can. I really do not want to leave Shanghai or Cerecare; I really do not want to leave my family or home.


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