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Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Fieldtrip #2 {In which we get caught in a downpour and play clown car in a taxi}


Coming off our successful ice cream outing with the 3 special need's boys, I think we were feeling pretty invincible (ie full of ourselves) and ready to take on the world. That's when somebody brought up the idea of taking the younger kiddos out for dinner and ice cream.   That would be preschoolers and kindergartners.
Us?
The sweaty Americans?
Sure!
You bet!
We can do that!
(Are you sure we can do that?)

We decided to enlist the help of our translators and a couple of nuns and gave it a go.  9 adults, plus a 1+ mile walk, and eighteen 4-6 year olds, most of whom had never been out of the orphanage.  What could go wrong?
The sisters bathed all the children ahead of time, put most of the girls in matching outfits, we left the gates of St. An's and headed down the street of the village to the noodle shop.  It all started off well and good.  Happy smiles.  Skipping.  Singing.  But what we didn't see (which maybe you do see in the first pic better than we did!) was those thunderheads looming in the sky!  Pretty soon a big wind started to blow, and then big ol' drops started to come down.  All 27 of us ducked under a covered awning from a local garage and called a taxi.  The children had eyes that were big a saucers. Several of them cried from the noise of the traffic in unfamiliar surroundings and being overwhelmed by it all.  3 taxi's soon pulled up.  And that's when we learned that children who have never ridden in cars are also likely to be afraid of riding in cars too.  The Sisters helped the little ones that were most afraid, and amazingly all 27 of us crammed into 3 taxis, each the size of a Yugo.
Once we made it to the phở shop (phở is a very common Vietnamese noodle soup) the whole plan went off without a hitch.  
The children were absolute angels, way better than my own children would have been sitting at a restaurant with no coloring books or iPhone to play games on.  There were eighteen of them, and they all sat still, not asking to use the bathroom 3 times, no squabbling, nobody poking anyone else with a chopstick, eating with wonderful manners.... The sisters told the children that they had to eat the whole bowl of soup before they could have ice cream, (Do you see that bowl?  It's bigger than their head!) and they absolutely did.  
Then out came the ice cream, and there were drippy ice cream faces and fingers all over the place.  Just the way little children should be when eating ice cream on a hot summer night.  And it struck me (as it has many many times on this trip) how some things are the same no matter where in the world one is at.  
PS--If you're a lover of Vietnamese food like we are, I will tell you that this was hand's down the best bowl of phở that I have ever had!  We had our guides take us for breakfast on another day too.  I wish I could tell you why or the secrete ingredient(s).  I can't because I just cannot put my finger on it. But it was absolutely delish!!!!

PPS--If you'd looking at the photography... don't.  It was dark and my ISO was astronomically high.  It was a combo of tungsten and fluorescent lighting, and the walls were painted turquoise!  Yes, it was a nightmare to take pics in. Yet I had to show them all to you!

8 comments:

  1. And I was just thinking how amazing the photos are and how you will cherish them!

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  2. I agree with Dana I was just thinking wow what great images and how amazing you did in those conditions! This are priceless and I loved it!

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  3. So many memories created!!!!!!!!!!!! And I didn't even notice the grain! I was to busy experiencing the adventure

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  4. This brings back so many memories of our VN trips for our kids. I do pray they open the doors of adoption again. Ill be the first to snatch up a child when they do open up again. I believe our family is not complete yet, but we are just not feeling the call for China or any other country. Looking into project being there as a family trip in the fall.

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  5. While I stand amazed at the wonderful photography you present to us, I'm in no way judging the quality of the photos. I'm more touched with the "quality time" you are sharing with these precious children and the "amazing experience" you have given each of us from the "lens of your camera".

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  6. The photos are beautiful despite the lighting because you have perfect subjects.

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  7. thank you for keeping us posted with these meaningful stories, lovely children and wonderful pictures of these smiling little faces. The food in the North are different from Saigon, you must try Bun Cha, and other Northern specialties in Ha Noi old town, fresh sea food in Ha Long Bay.

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  8. From a VietNam adoptee, THANK YOU for going to love on those children and caring for Jesus by caring for them. <3

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