Friday, December 24, 2010
The ultimate "why" question.
I was reading this dear friends blog today. It helped me sort out something G shared with me a few days ago that has been weighing heavily on me. We were in the midst of packing a couple of care packages for their friends at the orphanage. When G said "You know a lot of the boys get care packages. Sometimes they get visits. But they don't get a family. Why? Sometimes they give up getting a family."
Why? Isn't that the ultimate "why" question from a child?
WHY don't his friends have a family.
It is common when you visit orphanages, at least in my limited experience with Ethiopian orphanages, to have the children talk to you - be on their best behavior - show off their funniest jokes - pull out their favorite card trick. All of this is to get your attention so perhaps you will fall in love with them. Give them a family again. I know G did it. Maybe at some point he was starting to wonder if it would ever happen for him.
Now this "why" question wasn't part of some theoretical discussion for G. I was expected to provide an answer. A good answer. I'm not sure I did that.
Here's the part I'm stealing..... (thanks Lindsey)
There are so many kids who need love, a home, a family, someone to call their own. This Christmas, while you are in the midst of ham steak, wrapping paper and family, please remember that some where either next door or around the world, someone needs love, comfort, home and is praying for their Christmas wish to come true: YOU!