Our two new Haitian sons packed, carried and delivered donations into the Prosthetika amputee lab, their eyes round with awe and reverence as they were handed molds used to make new limbs for other Haitian children.
This was their first service trip with Mommy Leisa and Papi. Though every excursion away from the orphanage is a grand adventure, this time the full force of service work came down hard on our two little sons. They had only seen us deliver toys, food, water and medicine. Our visits to Mabe Orphanage were characteristically full of cheerful things: a Disney movie under the stars, surprise ice cream, soccer balls, new beds…When D’Alessandro held up the small prosthetic leg it looked as if the burden of all street children came to rest on his young shoulders. Some part of him will always carry the burden of having once been a street kid himself, struggling to care for his two year old brother…without shelter, safety or clean water.
Now, that burden is an opportunity. I return to Port au Prince today for yet another meeting at the U.S. Embassy that may soon allow us to bring Dro and Tevez to their new home in America . Haiti will always be their home as well, as it has almost become for us. Very soon, though, we hope, their world will become much larger, their opportunities much greater and that huge compassion they carry may grow wings of its own.
Peace, all ways and always,