Today was one of those crazy days where after a while you are afraid to open your emails for fear of what drama, anger, or problems they contain. But as I have said many times, there is no such thing as a bad day. There are PLENTY of positive things amidst the negative.
One REALLY great aspect of my day was going with several colleagues to an Orphanage to donate diapers they had collected over the course of a month in observance of “National Adoption Month.” A few of our energetic and service minded colleagues had spearheaded the diaper drive and did a wonderful job. It was a stressful journey, but today made the entire thing worth it.
The older children were at school so only the younger children and the special education children were there. As we came in, we waited for the Ambassador to come…there was not an empty lap in the entire room. Each person from the Embassy had at least one to three children vying for attention. They are the cutest little kids too! (I wish that it did not have to be so hard to adopt…I would have loved to bring several of them home with me)
The traffic caused the Ambassador to be a little bit late, so Embassy staff quickly resorted to keeping the children occupied. They played on cellphones, took photos, danced, made boats/airplanes/finger-games with the paper programs and literally they all became human jungle gyms!
|She was trying to take a photo of us...|
|Even the Embassy Camera man had a chance to feel loved!|
As part of the program, each group of kids did a dance number. They were hilarious. One group had a little girl in front that must have been left handed because the whole dance she did everything the opposite of the rest of the group. If they raised their right hand, she raised the left! If they turned left, she turned right. But they all just went on as if it was the correct way.
The smallest children did the “Gangnam Style” and they were SO into the dance. The staff from the Embassy actually got into it too…plenty of laughs and smiles to go around.
|The twins in the front were SO CUTE|
|They were moving so fast the camera could not keep up!|
|The Special Needs group...these guys meant BUSINESS when it came to dance time!|
|Me saying thank you to all those who donated Diapers|
|Embassy Colleagues doing their Gangam Style|
|Teach me how to Dougie!|
The day ended with the Ambassador reading Chicka-Chicka-boom boom about the alphabet climbing a coconut tree (a really cute book for those of you with kids) It was fun to see him playing with the children as he read. He even had a few of them come up and “show him” How to Dougie. They loved it!
I am thankful I was able to tag-a-long and see all love these children have. It is amazing to see the difference people make when they reach out and serve, just like my colleagues that have stressed, worried and worked so hard to have this diaper drive become a reality!