The Impact of Interactions

Yesterday, while taking roll call, I asked where Dalia* was. Her friend responded, “Dalia is gone. She went back to Syria.”

I said OK, moved on and called the name of the next person. But all is not OK. All I could think about for the rest of the session, on my way home, and now–is Dalia*. 

How can this be? Dalia* was here just the day before. How did she leave so suddenly? Why are we acting so casual about her leaving? About going home? What is she going back to? Who is she going back to?

I am so sad I didn’t get to to say goodbye. 

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