It has been four days of teaching in the schools. Everyday I wake up excited to go and see the children that I have had the opportunity of getting to know. They were so shy when we first got there; I wasn’t sure how I was supposed to get them to open up. It turned out that I didn’t need to do anything. Once they got to know us they transformed from shy, quiet children into the most energetic and fun kids. There is this one little boy named Rafi, he is so cute I couldn’t help but hug him from the second I saw him. He is five years old, and has the biggest brown eyes and the most amazing smile. Rafi was too shy to give me high fives for the first three days, but today, he finally held my hand. The whole school, which is about 41 children, played hot potato. Every so often I would look over at Rafi and catch him looking at me. I would smile and wave and he would get this huge grin on his face. Seeing him light up from just a little wave and a smile makes me so happy. I will never forget holding his little hand and seeing him smile at me. It is hard to describe the feeling I get when I help the kids. When past YMAD kids come back and say they would do anything for the kids they taught, you never realize how serious they are. I would do anything for the children I have come to know. They have helped transform me into a more patient and humble person. I love these kids with all my heart; they have truly changed my life.

Zippy Ford

PS. I miss you family and Max hope all is well!!