Rotary Youth Exchange students have a thing for pins. Actually they have a thing for anything that can be pinned onto a blazer. One girl even has a bottle opener on her blazer. My blazer probably weighs about 10 pounds more than it did originally. It would weigh more, but I’m not sure how to get a candle on or just how well airport security would appreciate a pack of hotel matches.
We exchange students take pride in what’s on our blazer, so I thought I’d name a few and their story.
One lapel is entirely devoted to Thai pins given to me from my Thai host brother before he left. It took me quite a while to get them in an order that made them all fit.
Rimming the bottom front, I have a watch. Or at least three-quarters of a watch. The other quarter is pinned to the sleeve.
Next to the watch is an unwanted tassel from a shirt of mine.
To the left, one will see some school made things from the grade below for a science fair.
Last on the bottom, is a phone key chain thing. I honestly don’t know what to call it. My host sister gave it to me to stick onto my phone. The problem is, my phone is already huge. A bit longer than a deck of cards, it is impossible to put it anywhere but in a purse so the added dangely thing with puff balls on the end did not help. Thus it was retired to the blazer.
I have a small square of a cardboard box with a before and after picture of hair. Before is lighter and After is Darker. How it really worked out was, before, I had light brown hair. After, for about a day, my hair was darker. Then it looked orange.
I have a plastic stick that once held a chocolate lollipop. Simply because I love chocolate.
Before I left, a friend gave me what she called a travelers bracelet. It had blue beads and the kind that, if put in sunlight, would reflect rainbows. I loved it. I loved it a little too much though, because it began to fall apart.This lead to it being pinned to my blazer.
I have a Ferrero rocher wrapper with a small card reading, “To Nicha, from Santa.” It was from a Christmas party some friends and I had.
Above that is a small plush letter N. I bought it at a market because my Thai name, Nicha, starts with an N.
On the back, I have a small banner that says District 3360, my district in Thailand.
I’ve got maybe 5 different things with my name pinned on. Most of them are from school activities.
I have a pink ribbon from a Thai dance I did. I wasn’t originally going to put it on my blazer, but when I was taking off the costume I just dropped the ribbon onto my blazer and that is where it has stayed since.
Before going into the stadium for a New Year’s celebration, my sister had to get her camera checked through.They gave her a string with a card on the bottom saying she could take photos.
I have so many more pins and stories, but I have one thing in particular that I’m guessing no exchange student has ever had before.
In beauty pageants, the winner always gets a sash. Well, I happened to be at my district’s governor installation, and came away with my own U.S.A sash. It covers up a lot of my pins but I love how unique it is.