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.