I’m Not Crying are You? By: Mckelle Baker

November 26, 2019 - 2019: Operation Parivar

Today was pure happiness. We were able to give our kids a slide, hygiene kits, shoes, socks, gloves, and sweaters. There was nothing better than seeing them crowd around the entrance to the school to see their new slide.

We were able to review all of our lessons today and just play. It’s amazing how much tiny humans can trap your heart. While reviewing some of my favorite two little girls started braiding my hair and telling me how soft my hair was. It was honestly just so tender.

I was teaching the boys and a couple girls some tricks, like 1 handed handstands and some lil dance moves. I sat on the ground and out of nowhere Divanshi and Palvi ran over, jumped in my lap and kissed my cheeks over and over. They make me smile so wide. Knowing I will most likely never see them again makes my eyes tear up just writing this. They have so much potential and I just want to help them accomplish it. I want to take them home with me. Sahil would be an amazing dancer and he’s so smart. Divanshi would be brilliant in all academics. Vikrant would make everyone around him laugh all the time. And sonakshi could make everyone she meets feel loved, just as long as you love her back.
Leaving the school I got hugs and kisses. And it was so happy. Until the last kid waved goodbye and walked into her cute red and blue house. Then you know my eyes may or may not have welled up with some tears. And if you know me you know that I don’t cry and I hate crying. But there is nothing worse than falling in love with 19 people and then having to walk away. Knowing that is the last time their twinkly brown eyes will smile up at you. Or in vikrants case winking at you:)

Love you family. Even though I don’t want to leave, just know that I love you:) Yesterday I actually let myself think of home. So I hope you are all doing well. I love knowing everything(as my fam and friends know) so it’s weird to not know everything that’s happening at home. Please fill me in when I get back:)
Side note: it’s presently pouring rain in India right now. Increases my the effects of the sad mood. Kinda like in those movies where us pours rain at the funerals and everyone has black umbrellas. That’s about how I feel about leaving those little kids in that tiny school in the Himalayas.
Stay fresh:) peace out

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