Every Saturday, I have the chance to visit OBV house to share with OBV children some practical life lessons and survival skills. Each week, each lesson leaves me with a different impression and through that I am able to understand them and love them more. One of the lessons that was quite memorable was about “the value of cooperation”.
Every time I receive a phone call from my “colleagues”, these two lines are always the conversation starter, “how are you?” and “how are the kids?” As usual I always respond quickly with “I’m good, after 60 years and still running great”. But the response to the second question, I never seem to have a good answer; because it has never been smooth. That is the thing that I ponder the most.
‘Be’ has been in school a little more than an hour and I received an expected call from her teacher.
Bustling and busying! That is the atmosphere of the OBV house in preparation for a new school year.
Before entering the new school year, the first thing that the OBV pays attention to the most is stabilizing all of the children’s health. Uncle K., Aunt N along with Aunt L. took all of the kids to get full examinations carefully. It took two full days from morning to afternoon to finish; everyone has to eat lunch from street vendors while waiting for the exam results. The results showed that: a couple of the children are okay, one of the child’s mental health isn’t stable along with reduced vision. Another child suffers gynecological issues. There are also two children who have to take medicines constantly, so now after each meal, besides the desserts is the display of the medications in different forms and colors.
The past couple of days were filled with holiday celebrations, from Christmas to New Year. These are special days therefore the food dishes were also more special. According to their liking, I bought from whole chicken to whole ducks, even extra wings and drumsticks. So much of that stuff that the children said: “we’re sick of this food; we just want to eat fish sauce with pickled cucumber.” Of course, I pleased them.
Summer is not a time to put more effort in learning nor is it a time to play freely all day. It is a time where both a married harmoniously to promote all aspect of physical activities and knowledge.
This year summer program offers jewelry making class.
The results after an hour effort from everyone.
Another holiday season has came upon the OBV home, this is the first Christmas since the house reopened. Along with that was many new interesting “first”.
Each night, Di "surveys" the children’s bedroom to see how well the children sleep. Last night, around 2am, Di entered one of the bedrooms and was startled when she saw one of the children was missing. She searched through all the bathrooms, checked the corridors and all over the house but the child is nowhere to be found. Di panicked in the midst of her bewilderment, where could the child be? Upon returning to the bedroom, she saw a blanket sticking out under the bed. Di bent down and saw the child sleeping peacefully. And she quietly left the room….
Every year, a reunion – already predetermined, a special meeting, a meeting for those who left and who stayed, of which is highly anticipated by every single person. A meeting filled with passion and care. Just like that, little by little….