For our date night this week, I tagged along with Mike and the youth in our ward to the Dream Center for their Christmas Program. These amazing children have only been given the opportunity to learn music since September and they did a great job. The drums were my favorite because you could see the passion in the children as the beat them. I heard one of the little girls was so comforted by them because they reminded her of her home in Africa. Following the program we frosted sugar cookies with the children with the brightest frosting I have ever seen. Some of the kids may have inherited spider-like abilities. Way to go Sam's club.
This little gal was my buddy for the evening. She parked herself next to me during the concert and we had some great conversations. I am terrible that I have already forgotten her name, but I will never forget her cute personality. She was so sweet and spoke of her situation as if it were perfectly normal. She had two sisters die in Somalia from disease and still has one sister there whom she misses a great deal. We talked about the snow and she sang me some songs she was practicing for school. She was fascinated with my camera and took this photo of us (along with MANY, MANY others. I didn't have the heart to take it away from her.)
I feel so blessed my children have food and shelter and all the things they need for survival. When they are sick, I take them to the doctor. When it is cold, we turn on the heat. We all have so much and it is important to remember there are others less fortunate. Even in a time when we are all feeling the pinch of the economy, we are so very blessed. The simple fact you have access to a computer to read this post makes you more privileged than most of the world. Be grateful for what what you have and generous in your time, talents and success. Merry Christmas!