Quality Down Time

I had the privilege of going to Dai Loc last Friday and what a blessed day it was. I had originally planned to go on Wednesday, which was a nice day, but Friday was amazing. The sun was shinning and the air was warm – which is a wonderful experience after days and days of rain, and a friend was able to come along with me. I was so looking forward to the experience and wasn’t disappointed.

It took us about 50 minutes to get to the orphanage and it was wonderful to see the kids. Most of them were still at school; between school and tutoring, the students are often working until 6pm or later at school. The children that were there we mostly older, and they aren’t always interested in what we’re doing, but today I had prepared for them. I had brought them some of their favorite fruits – green mangoes and pomelo (white grape fruit), to dip in chili salt.

I picked the movie Alvin and the Chipmunks for us to watch and we settled in. All of us sat and ate together, just the seven of us, with the caretakers peeking their heads in every once-in -a-while and taking a bit of the fruit to eat, too. It was really nice to catch up with them and see how their classes are going because they are often busy when I come to visit on Wednesdays.

After our snack and chat, we sat down to watch Alvin, and the kids really seemed to enjoy it. Of the five kids that were there that day, four of them stayed and watched the whole movie. I loved hearing them laugh and relax with me after such a long week of school. On the ride back to Da Nang, I just took my time enjoying sun and air and the whole day, and reflecting on the wonderful time I had just had with some great kids.
-Stephanie

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