The Gypsy Mama. Lisa-Jo gives us one word each week. We get to write for five minutes flat on this one word. Our word for this week is: WELCOME.
Every week day morning, I am greeted by the sweet faces of little three and four year old children. No matter how tired I am when I arrive at work, the sight of the smiles and innocent tugs for my attention energize me.
Melika shows me her tattoo and her new heart bracelet. "Look Miss Debbie."
Hilton tells me she's a pop star as she models her blue sunglasses.
Sid excitedly tells me he's Superman and will take care of the bad guys for me. He has an invisible cape so he can fly if he needs to help someone. As he runs off, he quickly turns around and says "I love you Miss Debbie."
Our newest student shyly tells me she wants a friend but hangs her head and won't leave my side. I try to engage her in play with the other children but feel her hand grasping mine.
Sam shows me his latest boo-boo.
As I try to listen to each child, a small hand touches my chin to gently move my attention to their sweet face.
I don't think I know of a better way to be welcomed. I thank God for this opportunity He gave me. Three years ago, I would never have imagined this is where I would be. But in the midst of pain and uncertainty, He answered a prayer that was buried within my heart.
Children are a blessing. And children can be the MOST WELCOMING people in the world.
Blessings and love,