Monday, April 16, 2012

Railin says "Look what I found!" 2012

After school is out for the day in Habanero it's nice to take a walk around the village. Sometimes we go to the houses of children that were absent that day. It gives us an opportunity to make sure the children aren't sick or if they are sick to see if there is anything we can do to help. We also have the opportunity to speak with the parents about the importance of school attendance. In some homes if the child just doesn't want to go to school, well, it's okay with the parents. You see many of the adults don't read or write and they "survive". (sometimes just barely) One of our goals is to encourage education for education's sake. After all anything we learn, we get to keep, right? We own it..............
Anyway, on this particular day we were just walking with no particular agenda in mind. As we walk the children begin to follow us or shall I say lead us! So we were with a group of 4 or 5 walking, exploring and just being together in the sunshine. Along cames Railin one of our 3 year old students. He runs up to show us what he's found and as you can see in the photo it is a shell casing. Now this is a gem to him and very precious! But it's all I can do to not take it away from him. and begin preaching about firearms. I hold myself back, because you know what, he is happy right now, he's got something special to him and he doesn't need me telling him it's a bad thing. There's plenty of time for that............So for the time being I think I'll let him enjoy the red color and poking his finger in the hole!

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