Tuesday, June 5, 2012

The little things in life

Today was probably the most humbling experience of my life.  We visited a slum sponsored by the Tong Len organization.  When I first saw the slum, I was speechless.  I don't even know how to begin describing what I saw.  However, despite these conditions, the people genuinely seemed happy.  We had the opportunity to play with the little kids, and it was definitely one of the best times of my life. Each of us passed out small gifts we had brought for the kids, which they sincerely appreciated.  I had the time of my life having spin top races with the boys and playing hand clapping games with the girls.  I hate to say this, but I had a favorite kid.  Her name was Manisha and she was only two and half years old.  There was just something about her that brought a smile to my face every time I held her.  She was the perfect child.  Even thinking about her right now is bringing tears to my eyes because I miss her so much.

The best part of today was just seeing the kids smile and laugh.  Even if you gave them just five minutes of your time, you would instantly receive a 100 watt smile. It made me realize how much we take the little things in life for granted.  A high five or a piece of candy makes a world of difference for these kids; that's all they need to be happy.  I just wish we took the time to do the same. 

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