A friend of mine, Steve, flew into Haiti about 36 hours after the quake. He’s communicating daily on what he’s seeing out there. His update this morning came in by Skype. It moved many of us with its honesty and poignancy. I wanted to share it with you.
“I had a moment of joy today. One of my colleagues was being interviewed by Channel 9 in a park that’s been turned into a camp. As the reporter talked to Ruth I sat on a ledge. Two little girls came up and smiled at me nervously, looking at my camera, and laughing. I smiled and took their picture and showed it to them. They howled in laughter. We then got into giving each other high fives and low fives. And a few more pics. It’s the children. They are the reason I do this work. They break my heart over and over when i see them in such dire circumstances. But they are so resilient. They can still laugh and play in the midst of despair, almost oblivious. Adults should stop and learn from their children more often. Life is rough. But it’s never too late to smile and have a moment of joy, even in a disaster like this one.”
-Photo and text from Steve, Aid worker currently in Haiti