A Day In The Life...

Upon arriving at Nishtha, we were all welcomed by a spider as big as my hand, a 6-inch lizard in the bathroom, a much larger lizard (4 feet) in a nearby pond, a Bat flying around the girls bedroom, and a bloody handprint on the wall where I sleep. It was definitely an interesting night coming up with every scenario that could end with a bloody handprint being stamped on the wall I would eventually sleep under. Aside from the unexpected wildlife and mystery wall, Nishtha is a wonderful place to stay filled with such amazing, kind-hearted people who are adding so much to our experience. I am lucky enough to be part of a group that got to open up a new village. We drove to the outskirts of Baripur and were quickly greeted with people who had never had YMAD visitors before. Their compassion was overwhelming and left a feeling I will never forget. The people we visited spent money they did not have to enrich us with their culture in the form of food, jewelry, and rituals to truly make us feel a part of the Bengali culture. One family made a spicy rice puff snack that I could not get enough of (mom, I'm sure the recipe is online ;). The children are like none other. Their humble attitude really has shifted my mindset of what is important in my life. Their joy and gratitude left me speechless. They truly were some of the happiest people I have ever seen. The language barrier is unnoticeable when compared to the language of compassion and joy that we all share. I love all the people I am surrounded by and can't wait for more days to come of the same thing. I'm excited to find out who won the East vs. Bingham game. I trust that my East boys showed them how it's done. I'm definitely having ski withdrawals. Ben, Zach, David please don't break your collarbones before I get back I'm trying to get at least a few good days in before we have to cut our days short to take each other to the hospital ;). I miss and love you all. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving and really take the time to recognize what you are thankful for. I can't turn a corner here without seeing something that makes me extremely grateful for some aspect of my life. And if any of you feel a hint of gratitude for me, you could easily show it by picking up some homework from my teachers and completing it for me ;). Haha just kidding! Thanks for all the love and support it took to get me to India. It truly was worth it. <3
-Matt Simmons