Today is my last day volunteering, its pretty hard to think that my three weeks here has escalated to this point, and in the heat of my learning I have to say farewell to the people that have taught me so much. However, today was not just a day for reminiscing and reflection, because after all I still had one more day to leave my mark on this tiny temple in Hanguranketha, Sri Lanka.
The most meaningful part of today (and maybe the whole trip) was during volunteering today, Fernando and I did our normal routine of going with the painters to paint, then sneaking to the construction in order to do actual hard work. A man who we would always work with came to me and asked if I would be here next week, unfortunately I had to say no. To my surprise he said, “Then I want to give you this.” He then presented me with his hammer, beat up and used beyond repair. He said that it is no good to use because of how old it is, but it can be a token of gratitude from him to me because of my working so hard.