Reflections

6

June

2019

6 June 2019

Pooh says in one of “his” books, “How lucky I am to have something that makes saying goodbye so hard.” Such a profound thought from a small stuffed teddy bear...."

A.A. Milne is the famous author who penned the Winnie the Pooh books that are read and loved by millions around the world. It is easy to see the impact Winnie the Pooh’s has by the fact that Pooh, who is simply a character, is actually quoted as if he is alive. One of his quotes that I have seen used often over the years and that I can relate to right now is about saying goodbye. Pooh says in one of “his” books, “How lucky I am to have something that makes saying goodbye so hard.

I love the fact that Pooh took something as painful and hard as saying goodbye, and saw it from a different perspective. The quote shifts our paradigm, and we realize that the pain of saying goodbye is because we have had the opportunity to be in a place and with people that makes the goodbyes so hard. For that, we should be grateful, and realize that we are lucky to have been in such a place. Such a profound thought from a small stuffed teddy bear.

So as the year comes to a close and we say goodbye to so many who mean so muc,h can we realize through the pain, that it is so hard because the students and families of Dalat are so special. This really is a place and a community that is so hard to say goodbye to. . . . . . and for that we are lucky. I know I am. 

Have a wonderful break!

Written by Karl Steinkamp

Karl Steinkamp is passionate about Dalat International School and training up young people. Karl was a student at Dalat and returned with a degree in education as a student teacher, high school principal, and now Head of School since 2006.

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