Trying to Smile Too
We made it!
After 32 hours of traveling with just pockets of sleep here and there, we arrived in Kolkata this morning.
We checked into the hotel, got a quick (cold) shower and our first taste of India cuisine before heading off to the slum where we’ll be spending the next few days.
As tired and exhausted as I was, I’m thankful that I didn’t miss the gift of this opportunity.
We arrived at the school to whoops and hollers and a pathway of flower petals. The children were excited and had prepared some of their best for us. We heard songs, poems and recitations that they had worked so hard on. (Ryan also taught them a song… funniest thing was watching the kids try to mimic his mannerisms and animated expressions!)
Then we fed them lunch. For most of them this is their ONLY meal for the day.
As much as I expected to serve and love them today, I never anticipated the honor they would bestow our team.
I am humbled.
Here’s a pic of some of the gifts they showered me with today:
But the most important gift to me was their smiles – their smiles in spite of their circumstances. These children live in a slum. They live in tents. They are surrounded by filth, waste, disease and turmoil every day. And yet they are smiling. They are celebrating. They are learning. And they are enjoying life.
I’m humbled… and I’m trying to smile too.