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Posted on Mar 27, 2009 @ 3:07 AM
thanks clarita, its good to remember those ones that we hate to leave
Posted on Nov 7, 2006 @ 1:46 AM
You have a good heart. It reminds me of children I have seen in my life. It is important not to forget. The photo of the child along with the story makes me feel like I am there. I feel great compassion!
Posted on Oct 7, 2006 @ 11:11 AM
Dear friend, the close encounters with poverty and helplessness is always so painful. It is unforgettable indeed. Worse than that is only human manipulation with it. I have not been in Russia lately but have read in paper about thousands of hungry children in the streets and my heart wept for all of them. How these generations may survive? I asked myself. Providing care and food for them is providing hope not only for the individuals but for the world. I believe that if nothing else could be done at that moment when a child grab your hand money can help, too. I believe that at that moment if someone can not do any better than give a coin, that single coin should be given. I see it not as a as "paying for the momentous thought" as for the thought that may lead us to further action, because sometimes that action may be too late. It is known that the bottleneck of all actions for humanity are the actual “care givers”. Why not all of us? Why not in each situation whenever we can do it? Why not follow that impulse, however small it may be, being a care giver for a second, or for a lifetime? Whatever institutional description it may be it is always that hand which is actually giving something to someone, that look exchanged between the eyes and anything, something that is bringing even the shortest relief. It is not worthless nor should be forbidden to give in any way. Just sometimes we may think of it as the possibility for paying for the lesson that has just occurred in our lives. Whatever that thought and feeling may be. Sometimes just pain and helplessness shared.
Posted on Oct 25, 2005 @ 8:22 AM
Thank you for your comment. Usually I bought the children food when they came to me. One boy wanted money but I told him to pick out anything he wanted from a food cart and he chose a hot dog and cola. One boy I bought an ice cream and coke and he had the hugest smile on his face. I didn't want the money to go into the hands of someone else. In the case of this boy, I could not give him anything because my pockets were empty and my money was last behind at the hotel. So it was indeed painful to have to run from him to the bus. And I wish that his mother would not have allowed him to ask strangers for food and have asked herself. I saw a family lying in the subway, young girls with their heads on cement and thought of how easy it would be for them to be assaulted. And there was nothing I could do. Thank you for your considerate comments.
Posted on Oct 25, 2005 @ 1:55 AM
Posted on Sep 28, 2005
by melanie mae.
This boy was in St. Petersburg. I will never forget him because this tiny boy, maybe 2 or 3 was... more »
This boy was in St. Petersburg. I will never forget him because this tiny boy, maybe 2 or 3 was grabbing on to my leg and begging for food. His mother was smiling and standing about 10 feet away from him. I was asked many, many times on the street in Moscow and St. Petersburg for money by children!! Even though he was speaking Russian, I knew what he needed and wanted. My bus was leaving at that moment, so I had to run crying to my bus and be lectured by my professor not to give money to beggars. I will never forget this child. less «
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