Some knowledge comes with the price tag of student debt
and far too many weekends spent in school libraries.
Some lessons take years to learn... years of searching for understanding,
years of human experience, years of mistakes and picking ourselves up again
before we begin to grasp what this world is trying to teach us.
Other lessons are taught in a matter of moments and land so firmly in our hearts
that we know we will never again view the world the same.
When we traveled to Ecuador to spend some time in the orphanages
we knew there would be differences noted, knowledge to acquire, and lessons to learn.
I don't know that any of us were prepared
to have those lessons hit our hearts with such a gentle but powerful force.
After our first day spent with the beautiful children of Ecuador
we asked our own kids to share what they learned in those first few hours:
“We can’t speak their language but the kids still like to play with us.”
“They don’t have very much at all, but they are happy and laugh.”
“Sometimes they eat the same things over and over again, but they don’t complain.”
“I think Heavenly Father and Jesus love them and miss them.”
(a painting by Del Parson that hangs in the OSSO orphanage
of some of the special needs children who live there.)
"They take care of each other."
"They are really cute kids."
“They want to love.”
For the next two weeks these powerful lessons were proven to us over and over again
simply by looking into their faces and letting each little child lead us.