Gideon, our young friend next door, is planning on coming by at 8:30 -- he will be on time because he doesn't want to miss going to the market with us. yesterday he came over with a sullen face. when i asked him if he wanted to talk, he nodded his head and we left the living room (where everyone was starting to watch Karate Kid) to talk in the kitchen. as i sat on the floor with him, he whispered to me that he heard that the jr. youth went swimming in the ocean that day. he wishes he was a jr. youth and part of the group (he's only 9). i told him i understood and that since today was a public holiday, perhaps he could hang out all day with some of the jr. youth. his face lit up with anticipation of hanging out with us. when i said his sisters would come after i went to the market in the morning, he asked if he could come with us.. of course i said yes!
5 of the jr. youth weren't able to make it to the outing yesterday so today they will come to hang out. we'll work on the keyhole garden now that everyone is eager and ready to begin the work. i'm grateful that they are interested in this kind of service and pray that we can sustain it so that it may serve as a model for other youth and families in this area to begin their own. i'm looking forward to just being with the jr. youth, some of whom are shy and are gradually coming out of their shell through these moments of being together..
it's time to help the boys with breakfast. i can hear them in the kitchen, making all kinds of clanging sounds. :)
counsels of Baha'u'llah that guide us through each day:
"Ye must show forth tenderness and love to every human being, even to your enemies."