Tuesday, March 23, 2010
Times Like These
This past weekend, we had some visitors from Nuestros Pequenos Hermanos (NPH) at St. Thomas. To learn more about the wonderful and awesome NPH, read my posts about it here and here, watch an interview between Fr. Christian and Fr. Ron here, or visit their website. If that isn't enough information, then I don't know what you can do to learn more!
Father Ron Hicks, Regional Director of NPH Central America, Juan Manuel, and Alex traveled from the home in El Salvador. Sherman Humphrey from Friends of the Orphans, came from Miami. On Sunday, St. Thomas had a "Friend-Raiser" to help increase awareness in our parish about NPH and also to unite all of the godparents together for the first time. It was quite fun!
Monday, however, was even better. We all played hooky from school and work to have a fun day. We went to Cracker Barrel, a first for Juan Manuel and Alex. Then we went to a big arcade in one of the 3 big tourist-drawing cities in Eastern Tennessee. After many tickets won and coins lost to faulty games, Alex walked away with quite the prize load.
We decided to drive further into the mountains so that the boys could see snow. We made our way up to Ober Gatlinburg, and outside of the entrance to the ski/snowboard area, we had a quick snowball fight.
We hung around, munching on carnival-like fare until we decided that we would all ice-skate. It was Alex's first time. I kept asking him if he wanted to skate, but he just shook his head no. Then, when we asked if he wanted to learn how to skate, he said yes! It's all about how you ask the question.
It was so much fun! Sherman and I each took Alex's hands, and we went around the rink a couple of times. Eventually, Alex was brave enough to go off on his own. It was so exciting for me to be a part of that special day for him and Juan Manuel.
Seeing those boys and Fr. Ron just made me even more excited about the possibility of going back to NPH El Salvador this summer. I realize as an "NPH veteran" that my chances aren't as high as they would've been the first time around, but boy do I want to go.
You all should too!