On Saturday, a few of us took some of the children for the Pertapis Children’s Home for an outing to Snow City, the Science Center and the Omnimax Theater. It was a very interesting experience for me as it was my very first time voluntarily volunteering for community work.
When I agreed to help out, I didn’t know what to expect. I’m not much of a people person in the first place, and I don’t interact well with kids either but I thought this would be a good time to start to learn how to interact with other people, sort of. I’ve run herd on my younger sisters and cousins before, so I thought that it would be about the same but how wrong I was.
Due to what ever the circumstances that resulted in their stay at the home, they didn’t interact the same way the other children I know. They were overly affectionate, demanding of attention and for some of them, very angry and angsty. I didn’t really know how to handle all that but I tried my best. I couldn’t really understand why the children acted the way they did, with all the affection towards us even though we were strangers to them, until I heard one of their stories. The story broke my heart and made me realise how good a life I had while I was growing up.
Even though the whole outing was for the kids to learn something new at the Science Centre, I came away with lessons of my own. I learned that kids being kids, they’ll do silly little things that just make you shake your head while you stand aside and watch them puke their lunch. I learned that kids loved to push all the buttons on all the machines, making my inner geek scream in silent agony because they wouldn’t stop to actually pay attention to what each button is for. Most importantly of all, I learned that not everyone is as lucky as I am to have my parents’ love and attention. I learn to appreciate my parents and my family more.
This experience made me more thankful of what I have and the next time I feel like complaining that my parents are too strict, I’ll just take a step back and remember that they’re doing that because they love me, and that love shouldn’t be take for granted.
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