Today was quite a day. We woke up with expectation to Skype with Mom, Dad, and Simon, but they never showed up. Hm. So, we got ready and went to the caf for lunch. We walked outside and much to our surprise, there was something pretty and blue up above us and all that pollution. Who would have known there was something pretty up there above all of that. After we got to the caf and realized the rice was MIA once again, we decided to go into town for lunch. We told Tony that we would be back by 2:00 to hang out so it was just a quick bite to eat. We got back to the room and of course he was waiting for us. 🙂 We took the computer out into the “lobby” and set it up where Kung Fu Panda was playing in Chinese. What started out as Hannah, Tony, and me soon turned into about 20 kids and me. Hannah decided to go back and take a nap and not long after I was surrounded by a herd of little boys. What I noticed the most was the tendency for the older boys to discipline the younger boys. When one of the younger boys would try to touch the computer and I would tell them no, the older boys weren’t far behind me to pinch them or push them away as a form of discipline. I quickly tried to assure the older boys that I had it under control and their discipline methods weren’t needed at that moment, but that’s part of orphanage life I guess. None of the younger boys seemed to phased by any of it- mine or the other boys’ form of discipline. Another thing I noticed was their need for affection. I thought the boys would just want more attention whereas the girls would long for the affection, but it proved to be that the boys wanted hugs just as much. I tried to be careful with my hugs, but they were plentiful. Once the movie was over, a few of them helped me carry the stuff back to our room and the rest followed. They all knew I would have some sort of treat for them back in the room so they were quite expectant when we got there. Of course, they each got 2. I can’t wait to see our relationships with them flourish. We bought a jump rope yesterday so hopefully that can bring us more time with His children. I really love getting to know the older kids because you can see so much emotion in their eyes- hurt, excitement, pain, love, and a yearning to be loved.
How we started out.
How we finished- with about 10 around the outskirts of this picture.
Just because I think he’s handsome and his shirt is funny.
I wrote this post before dinner, but didn’t publish it. Thank goodness because after dinner was quite interesting, and in my opinion- blog worthy. My original post said, “Well, it’s about dinner time and I need to go wash some dishes so we can have something to eat off of.” Let me just show you what I washed my bowl for:
Then, I decided I was going to go take some pictures around campus. One of the little boys from earlier today found me and was not leaving my side. As a result, he showed me all around campus and what I needed to take pictures of. We then played some type of game where we pretended people were chasing us and we were communicating via walkie-talkies. Oh, imaginations. Here are some recent pictures and some from tonight. Enjoy…
This is the trampoline. Nice, eh?
Sweet little girl with Downes jumping on the trampoline.
We found the sunflower garden!
He was so excited to push the button on my camera for this picture. No joke.
So this is the only picture that’s not from today- I braided Hannah’s hair that day & this nanny loved it so asked me to do hers. I did, and they learned. She came in the other day and had french braided her own hair.