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Earlier this afternoon Oscar asked, “Why don’t you just stay on for the rest of your grace period?”

Why not, indeed?

Because I never took into account the possibility of getting attached to the people that I’ve met and the friends that I’ve made in Boston. Because I always thought that I’d just come here, do what I had to do and then move on. Because dear knows I never imagined that having my life revolve around the same place and the same people for four relentless weeks would make me want to stay on here as long as I can.

Gabriela, Elspeth and Flora: There are no words to say how grateful I am that I met all of you, how grateful I am for the circumstances that gave us the bond we have now. There are no words to say how much I appreciate what we’ve gone through in the past month, and how much I look forward to what we’re about to experience with what we’ve learned. This is definitely not the end of it.

Sheena: Thank you for taking care of me and supporting me when I needed it the most. Thank you for understanding where I was coming from and not judging me for it. Thank you for taking some of the cynicism out of me and helping me believe that I really could do this.

Cora (-san): HOLLAAAAA!!! I’m so glad I met you and was able to have you as a friend as well as a teacher and mentor. Thank you for letting me be myself even while I was a teacher, and for recognizing that Asians don’t cry in public. – Love, Poo-chan

Oscar: My New York homeboy! I’m so glad I met you, even though I didn’t really know you until this past weekend, and I’m only sorry that we never got a chance to hang out before that. Thanks for being there the one time that I couldn’t make it to a bathroom to cry.

Boston. Just like that, it’s over.

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