“Children see magic because they look for it”
I love taking snaps of kids where-ever I go – they are usually the best subjects for me – I see the twinkle in their eyes; a ton of happiness; their mischievous smiles; I see kids living the best life they can – no matter the conditions!
Someone recently posted about handing out trinkets to children in other countries like Africa, India, Laos, et. al. What do you all do when you travel? I’m curious.
I spent a week in Laos a few years ago…loved it sooo much. The kids there were some of the happiest in the world – at least through my eyes.
The travel itinerary mentioned we would be exploring some of the small villages and visiting local schools. With this in mind, a bunch of Disney pencils and crayons were purchased on Amazon.
We showed up to one of the schools with younger kids < 8 years old. I pulled out the box of pencils/crayons and started to hand them out – with approval from teachers of course – at first it was a very calm, orderly process until one of them grabbed a second pencil/crayon out of my hand.
Then it became pure mayhem!!! I swear I was almost trampled that day – the little angels had no clue what they were doing – they just wanted pencils and crayons!!! No less then 20 kids came at me at the same time. Thank god they were little and could gently be pushed away! It was actually slightly terrifying and hilarious in the same breath. Can you imagine the news headline on this if something tragic happened?!
To make things worse, later that day, a little guy was drawing on one of the wooden beams of their home with A CRAYON. OMG – I was so mortified and embarrassed – the mom was so PO’d! Probably cursing the dumb American. In hindsight, the pencils/crayons should have been given to the teacher for distribution – she probably could have milked the rewards for a year.
Since this trip, I have not done this again….does anyone else bring gifts when you travel?!