August 21, 2012

The Joy of Sharing

My friend, Ate Elma, invited us to join her in gift-giving. She said she met a family with six young children during one of her walks in the outskirts of Phnom Penh near her home. The family, she said, looks like they could use additional clothes for the kids and some food.

Without hesitation I said yes.

So, the day after EJ's birthday we trooped to the said place. I brought some of EJ's clothes and toys to share. I also brought some foods. Ate Elma brought a lot of goodies to share.

When we reached the place, I was not prepared for what I saw. The house that they are renting is almost bare with only a few old and tattered things.

There were five small children, two were not wearing any shirts on. The eldest, was with the father picking lotus seed to sell.


Photos courtesy of Ate Elma

EJ, sharing some of his clothes and toys. It was definitely one of the poignant moment in our lives.

I noticed that the kids ignored the food momentarily when EJ started giving the toys. They were caught up with the toys and immediately played with it. Ahh, kids. Such simple needs and priorities.

In as much as it was about making them happy, we also got something in return. EJ got an instant lesson in life, about poverty and generosity. He will never learn that in school.

We left with a smile and a promise to come back again.