Darlo wishes more people could walk and talk with the citizens of Luverne
To the Editor:
In 1995 I traveled from a small town in New Zealand to Luverne as an American Field Scholar. I was greeted with warmth and hospitality by my host family, my classmates and numerous Luverne residents. Throughout the year the Piepgras family became my other family, offering me security and unconditional love. My classmates gave me acceptance, inclusion and friendship. I had a totally positive and amazing year and look back on that time as the single most influential experience of my life.
Last month my husband and I had the privilege of attending the 50th reunion of the class of ’66. Once again I was overwhelmed by my former classmates’ warmth, hospitality, generosity and enduring friendship.
The AFS motto is “‘Walk together, talk together, O ye peoples of the Earth, then and only then shall ye have peace.” I wish that more people in the world had the opportunity to walk and talk with the citizens of Luverne.
Thank you, everyone — you have enriched my life beyond measure.
Nicky Howard Darlow,
Class of 1966
Wellington, New Zeland