PHITSANULOK, Thailand. By merely looking at their physical attributes, one may not recognize that they were orphans. Many of them have very fine complexion far from the typical homeless children that I know. But knowing them a little bit more moved my heart because, in reality, those kids - over a hundred of them, with age ranging from more or less 6 to 12 years old were no ordinary children. They might have a roof over their head or a school to go to, but those kids have no parents taking good care of them.
Ice was a small but very enthusiastic child. He might be skinny, but he seemed to be a happy little boy who was very active in the games we played. Tong and Bai Tong couldn't follow the English songs their teachers taught them, but they apparently tried their best they can. But in their little chinky eyes I could see something that's hard to explain. Was it sadness? I couldn't be so sure.
The Share A Gift - P'lok Pinoyz Community Outreach yesterday at Wat Poh Orphanage and Training School was the best way to start the Christmas season. What a joy it was to behold those angelic faces beaming upon receiving those little presents we handed them. It was heartwarming to see them smile and take a sincere bow in gratitude for what they received. It was a great feeling, that unfathomable bliss of giving.
What matters is not how much one shared but the "act of sharing" itself. In fact, those children also shared a great message to us who were there in yesterday's activity. They made us realize that we have a lot of things to thank God for. First and foremost is for having great and good Mama and Papa, Tatay and Nanay, Mom and Dad, who never left us despite the odds in life.