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.
The crime scene
With information provided to us by a colleague, after two visits to the apartment, I was able to meet her, a mother with three children. She told me the story of her life for 40 years, I couldn’t help but feel sad for her fate and her children.
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.
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….
To find you and bring you home was already hard but to raise you to be a good, thoughtful and loving person who will be able to contribute to society is an even harder task. It was a problematic morning that caused so much stress in the office, and then to receive your call in the afternoon:
The indefinite stories about the funny moments of the children at the house
“Ahhhhh, Daddy’s home, Daddy’s home, Sister!” – The loud yells of the children shocked the Sister in charge, SIC. “Daddy’s home?”, without getting any special notices, Sister IC was only informed that a visitor would come to visit the OBV house; thus she had just prepared the several necessities for the visitor to the house.
A product and appreciation
During the summer activities at OBV, the children have demonstrated great abilities in embroidery through the skills they have learned from a volunteer visiting from Canada and today is the debut of the first finished product. We invite you to listen to T’s sharing throughout the creation process of the art piece.
My dearest daughters,
I write to you in this quiet and empty space, waiting for your return. At this very moment, your “aunts and uncles” of the house are working really hard to find the kids with broken lives just like you to bring them here.