For the children in Chimoio, Mozambique, it can be as simple as “photo”. The children love to see themselves through your digital camera. Seeing their own image is foreign to most of these children as they do not have mirrors in the home. The children were delighted in this simple task that only took seconds. Their bright smiles were very contagious and I found myself wondering, what simple thing, such as taking a photo, would give me so much pleasure?
I had an opportunity to spend a day with many children of all ages, waiting for the dedication ceremony for the clinic to begin. We took turns entertaining and teaching each other songs, poetry and games. There were many smiles and lots of laughter. Even Pastor Tom got into a game of Frisbee! The wait turned into hours and yet, the children were just happy to be among the Americans. There was another magic word that they were waiting for, “food”. As the night sky set in, the children were able to have their one meal for the day.
Spending time in Mozambique gave me an opportunity to build relationships with the activist as well as spend time with the children. Looking at life through a child’s eye, you can see simple pleasures in life, such as a “photo” and yet I returned home wondering how life would be if I only got to experience the magic word “food” once a day?