This morning we went bright and early to go get a young friend from one of the orphanages that we support. From there we headed into Bishkek to the Children's Hospital were we were meeting with a couple eye Dr's to have a check up. From the moment he got into the car until we got to Bishkek, he was telling me all about something really special that happened .. Some one from America sent them all presents.. every single kid got a present.. he said that in his bag he got shampoo, soap, body wash, tooth brush and tooth past, some fruit and candies , and a small toy that he had in his pocket to show me.. then he told all about what some of the other kids got as well.. he was so excited..In my head I was doing the math .. this is a lot of stuff for so many kids... I was so thrilled that someone had thought about these kids, it made my heart warm, then Sergey smiled and told me he was talking about the Pie in the face Christmas 3 months ago... I almost started to cry to know that we had a part of bringing something so special to these kids.. THANK YOU , so much to everyone that has had such a big part in really showing these kids in a tangible way that they are special and are not alone.... You know we help a lot of people with things that cost a hole lot more then this $5 gift, most times they never know us and we don't get to see first hand the reaction.. others we are there for, some times I wonder how much is done or said for our benefit or out of obligation.. but today.. This young boy shared his excitement and gratitude, not to us, but to someone who touched their lives in such a special way... YOU.
Then if that was not enough he then began telling me all about a friend of his Toktagul who had been adopted to America.. and how he was waiting to one day be adopted as well.. He said that he heard that Toktagul was going well.. and he was so happy that he did not have to still be here too.. Again I had to fight to hold it together when I told him that I have been to see his friend, and that he has the most beautiful family you could imagine.. I shared about what great brothers and sisters that he has, and about his dog too.. He asked what kind of stuff he eats now and if he still speaks Kyrgyz or if he speaks English now.. I wanted to tell him how Toktagul and his family had done so much to help raise the money for the Christmas gifts, but some how at that point , it was better that it remain a mystery.
Having his eyes checked by the top Children's optometrists in the country as well as both an American Dr and a specialist from the UK
We then went out for lunch after ordering his new glasses.. It is his birthday tomorrow, so this was a special meal for him
Boy did he eat.. I kept saying to Sergey.. he is going to get sick.. Sergey just said that's OK.. let him eat...But he did well... .. Then he ran a few errands with me. o the bazaar to get beds for the Hospital, then the cool part.. for his birthday he wanted a supper hero action figure. that's when I told him about Aidar wanting a car, so we went shopping and he got his action figure and got to pick out the car for Aidar. We then doped it off with Christy before heading over to get his new glasses...
As we left Bishkek, he said to Sergey that every time he hits a bump, he is afraid that he will wake up and find out that this has been a dream...
Thank you my young friend .. Today I had the best day in Bishkek I have ever had... living it through your new eyes