A Goodbye Letter to My Host Family

By: Mary DiMartino

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Translation:

Dear Mom, Dad, and Paula,

In the words of Gabriel Garcia Marquez, “Don’t cry because it’s over, smile because it happened.” I’m sad to leave Alicante, but I’m so thankful for this experience. Alicante became my home in such a short time. While I love this city and all it has to offer, like the beach, the barrio, the good weather… The thing I’m going to miss the most is you, my family. Since day one, you made me feel at home. Mom and Dad, you treat me like your own daughter. I’m so grateful for you and all that you do for me – the tasty meals you cook me, cleaning my room, doing my laundry, taking care of me when I was sick, giving me chocolate every night for dessert, and more. Paula, you’re the little sister that I never had but always wanted. I love your sense of humor and how intelligent and kind you are. I’m going to miss having a little sister when I return to the United States, but you will always be in my heart. Thank you for welcoming me into your home, talking to me, and giving me the scarves and shirt. I love them! To all of you, while I’m excited to return to my house in the United States, I’m going to miss you and my new house, here in Alicante. Thank you for putting a smile on my face each and every day. I love you very much. See you later.

Kisses,

Mary

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