We don’t stop around here!
At the end of another whirl wind day in Haiti – this particular one saturated in Christmas spirit – I am feeling a mix of something like being run over by a truck and completely content after watching over 300 children receive possibly the only gift of their year.
Each class brought decorations for their classroom (true Haitian style with those silk plants) and sang Christmas carols, while eating cookies and juice. There were a few renditions of “Feliz Navidad” for my Spanish folks, one class learned to say “Merry Christmas” in French, English, and Spanish, and one got fancy and build a 3-D model of our school building.
Although being away from family and friends is always hard, there is something about knowing that although I will not receive presents on December 25, I will see hundreds of children who sleep in dirt and barely eat most days with a huge smile – and that, my friends, is completely satisfying!
PS: Talk about a double take – I discovered a new decoration placed in the boy’s bedroom this holiday season.
Upon further review – uh oh, wait, do I know them? – oh yes, that would the Holiday card from the Rivera family. Johnson is so excited that “his family in America” sent him photos that he wanted to show them off to all his friends. Thanks, Freddy & Missy – you made his world!
Next up: Christmas for the orphanage!
… and the elves continue! Merry Christmas from the TRUE North Pole! XO