Annabelle will seriously warm anyone's heart. Her and I developed a very special bond, on our first day on the [Live Different Hero Holiday] work-site, she ran up to me and hugged me so tight, and never let go-every break I had was spend with so many children, but mainly her. Her mother and I had a conversation with a translator to help us, Annabelle has been very sick with an eye disease, and is a lot of pain but they cannot do anything because of lack of money, so the mother thanked me as this little girl laughed so much which of course took away thoughts of pain-laughter really is the best form of medicine.
Annabelle fell asleep on my shoulder many times, it was so amazing.
The most incredible part of my journey with Annabelle, I was asked to be her God Mother-her mother said a god mother to them is someone who provides laughter love and hope. I am so honored and humbled by my entire journey in the Dominican. I am truly blessed.
The gift I was given by this experience was the gift of awareness, the gift of love, the gift to see real the real beauty in the kind eyes of this community, to hear their stories, the gift to see how I live my life, and how happy we can be with the gift of love and living a simple life. I feel like my soul has been awakened.
I have been struggling with adjusting my feelings of guilt into gratefulness with the life that I was born into, I am working everyday on myself and trying to develop creative ways I can help others not only in my own community but all over the world.
I was left with a very heavy heart, by the children and women-I am so grateful for my life as a Canadian woman, I have applied to volunteer at a women/children shelter here in Grande Prairie. I don't know what to do with my life as a doing humanity work, but I know will be towards women and children…this journey impacted me. It was more than a gift, it was more than a blessing, we were given a new life. I feel like what I received from that community, that family is far more than what I can ever deliver to them.
They made me deeply appreciate the simple life, gave me faith in humanity, and made me really see that true beauty lies within the hearts and souls of us all. That the sense of belonging, the sense of love and kindness and of family, of pure love is more than any materialistic purchase.
Big sister Ali