Music of the Mountains

This is my 2nd and last blog for this trip. I cannot believe it’s going so fast! I feel like I just got here! Believe it or not, each day is better than the last here, and I can’t even imagine leaving. These kids are changing my life. The other day Ghansham was getting a little distracted playing soccer and he stepped back and tumbled down a 10 foot cliff onto rocks! I was so worried but he just stood up and ran back up so that’s good I guess haha. Thursday was a little bit difficult, all the other days were a dream and just perfect but on that day the kids must’ve gotten too comfortable with us. For my lesson on colors I used these fun toys called Bunchems, throughout the entire day I didn’t have one problem with them but in my last class one of the boys smashed an entire wad of Bunchems into Nisha’s hair! I tried for at least a half an hour to get them out, but with only two left in her hair we had to get scissors and cut her beautiful hair. At the end of the day the kids made up for their behavior by waiting for us to clean up, fighting over our hands and walking with us hand in hand to our car. They LOVE Ride that Pony, we came out of lunch and Happy was just dancing around singing Ride that pony to himself when he accidently ran into one of our sassier girls and she slapped him! It’s hilarious how casual of a thing that is for them haha they kill me. Overall the kids are incredible and inspire me every day to be kinder and more loving. We have this girl that is all smiles named Tanvi, she is always giggling and smiling at us. I LOVE HER. It’s so eye-opening to see her happiness in her present situation. Her Mary-Janes are now the equivalent of sandals, she has no socks and her dress is missing all of the top buttons, and yet she smiles. I wish I could be more like her, it would do us all some good to be more like Tanvi. 

Yesterday was the cultural exchange and Raj hired these professionals to come in and dance for us. It was really intimidating because we’re just a little humanitarian group from Utah, but I was so proud of everyone! After working on the songs and dances since the beginning of the year everyone really tried their best and it turned out great. The hired group even had some of us join! I can’t wait to tell Jacob about it.

Today was Easter and this morning we woke up early and hiked to the Jibhi temple. It was really cool, the priest gave us all a travel blessing for the next couple of days. I love the culture in India, it’s just so vibrant and exciting. After breakfast, we went up to Jalori Pass. I firmly believe that this is the most beautiful place on the surface of the earth. It was a bit of a drive and then a hike but oh my was it worth it. Everyone was a little chatty at first so Sandeep said to me “Listen to the music of the Mountains”, that one sentence really changed the day for me and I ended up having a really cool experience just being quiet. At the top you could see mountains upon mountains, we could even see some mountains in Nepal! I stared at the view for hours but I could’ve done it for days. Just know that pictures don’t even come close to doing it justice. It was here that we read the letters from you guys and had our gratitude circle. It was a really cool experience. 

Thank you for everyone who has helped in any way to get me here, I love you all! (Especially Mom & Dad)

❤ Lydia Lowe

P.S. Happy Birthday Mom! I love you so much and I hope you had a great birthday. I look up to you in so many ways! Thank you for all your love and support.