Sometimes I am certain this blog is more for me than for you. It is a treasure to be able to look back on the faces, stories, and questions that really make all of this worth it.
And this update is just for the simple things that made me smile this week, and I don’t want to forget.
The kids discovered patterned bandages.
There is a little two-year-old boy who is cared for by his two teenage sisters. As much as they love and care for him, working so hard to support him, he is often carried around haphazardly or left crying on our porch while they play cards with their friends. They brought him to me early one morning; he had fallen and had a few cuts on his knee. Knowing that he might just need a little extra compassion, I grabbed some antibiotic cream and an animal print bandage.
It was when I opened the bandage to a collection of oohs and ahhs that I knew I was in trouble. As could be guessed, this week has suddenly seen an influx of minor cuts and scrapes show up to our door for assistance.
The girls experienced mechanical pencils.
While coloring one afternoon, a couple older girls requested pencils. I gave them a few mechanical pencils to share between them. Within an hour, one had run out of lead and came to let me know it wasn’t working properly. I took the empty pencil and one from another girl, which received a little hesitation. I proceeded to take the eraser off one and tip out an extra piece of lead. Again, huge revelations complete with oohs and ahhs. The two girls who witnessed such an event ran outside to retell it to everyone and trade lead between them for the next few minutes.
Two little girls discovered that we do, in fact, live across the street!
To the left of our house is a two-story house shared by quite a few families. This week, two of the younger girls realized they could look out the top story windows, see over our wall, and then wave and blow kisses to us. We did that for nearly half an hour.