Today I thought I'd share some of the beautiful faces I saw in Haiti. The stories behind each face are starting to become fuzzy in my head already. I wish they weren't. I'll add what I can to make their faces and stories more real to you.
This little Haitian princess was afraid of me at first. She didn't want the "blanc blanc" touching her. (White white.) I couldn't touch her, but she always wanted to touch my hair. I came back a few times to visit her. By my last day she had warmed up to me, and let me hug her.
This little survivor is the only remaining sibling of triplets. Look how huge that diaper is on her. Her charts say she is 6 months old. Have you ever tried to read doctor handwriting? How about doctor handwriting in French? Sometimes the charts are just plain wrong. Or completely illegible.
These little guys were more than happy to pose for me. I was trying to keep them from getting hurt or in the way of the construction crew. I took their picture and played with them- bilingually! I was at a serious loss for what to do with them. So I sat down with them on the rubble, just feet away from where 2 bodies had been caught and killed in the rubble. And I taught them to sing "Give Said the Little Stream." Then we went for a walk around the Healing Hands Campus, singing songs to the sick patients to make them feel better. (video below) (one of the guys gave the boys the tennis ball to play with. you would have thought he had given them a million dollars by the way they held that up for the video!)
and then the tennis ball became a soccer ball, shoes, rubble, and power saws be damned! and you can hear me having a funny conversation with one of the little boys, "pas parle kreole!" (i don't speak creole!) "pas comprende!" (i don't understand) over and over. how can i not speak creole, when clearly i am speaking creole to him!?
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