Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Impressed by the Romanian people

Today was our third day at the clinic. I think that both the children and volunteers have found our groove together. We have learned which children need a little extra encouragement and those who need a little bit more discipline. I think today, I was only pinched once by Alina! However, today Sammy did pull my hair once or maybe three times.

I am constantly impressed by the Romanian people. During one of my walks with Sammy down the hall, a generous woman offered Sammy a bunch of grapes and muffin. I tried to explain that the grapes were no good because of Sammy’s developmental stage, which she seemed to understand and then brought an extra muffin for him! It amazes me that someone with nothing could be so thoughtful in trying to bring a smile to his face. All of the patients and families on the floor have been very kind and the children always offer a smile and buna ziua every time we pass by.

Emma is not feeling well. She ran a high fever and was placed in another room on our floor. Her fever went down a little today and we hope that by tomorrow she will rejoin our group. We miss her smiling face.

The children enjoyed treats of bananas, yogurt, and cereal. Ionut especially enjoyed his treats as well as everyone else’s.

We are all feeling a bit tired; however, seeing the smiling beautiful faces of the children makes it all worthwhile.

Entry submitted by: Tracey
Message of the Day - Mary Ann: “A true friend knows your weaknesses but shows your strengths, feels your fears but frees your spirit, recognizes your disabilities but emphasizes your possibilities.”  -  William Arthur Ward