This is the second segment of a feature story about a group of nine current and former area residents who traveled to India early last year to attend the wedding of an exchange student who shared their lives in the Mount Markham Central School District from 2009 to 2010.
The series was written and photographed by Leonardsville resident Wendy Barrett, whose family was among those to make the trip. Articles will run every week until the story concludes.
By Wendy L. Barrett
Komal moved in with us in mid-December 2009. We were her second host family, so she assimilated quickly, having already made the more difficult adjustments of living half a world away from her native home after first joining the Thomson family.
Our family had bonded with Komal before she arrived on our doorstep. In early September, the Thomsons graciously surrendered her for a weekend so we could take her to our family camp in the Adirondack Mountains while the weather was still warm.
We also had gotten to know her better through some early host family gatherings, including her 18th birthday celebration in October. All three families gathered with her at Minar, an Indian...