Smiles

14 days ago

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"The world always looks brighter from behind a smile"

- Unkown

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There is nothing better than hearing the laughter and seeing a smile of a child. Hearing the laughter of children should bring a smile to anyone's face and brighten up their day.

During a walk after we arrived in the Maasai village, all of the children kept their distance from us, but we could tell that they were intrigued by our presence in their village. A group of white people in an area of Tanzania that is a ways from normal civilization is a rare occurrence for them. So my fellow "mzungus" and I came up with a plan to get the children to warm up to us. We went back to our area and collected some chocolate bars and some bubbles and set back out on our trek.


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Word quickly spread amongst the homes that we had returned and we had peace offerings with us. The older children came to us first, so I began to break the chocolate into small pieces and divvy them out for everyone. Soon the little ones began to line up and eagerly waited for their share of the chocolate.

After we gave them some chocolate, everyone started to warm up to us and began to speak to us. We had a limited vocabulary in Swahili and a pretty much non existent Maasai vocabulary at this point. We could say "Habari yako?" (how are you) and "Hujambo" (hello) at this point and that was about it. The kids loved it though, their faces lit up and began talking back to us at a million miles an hour.


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Then it was time to bring out the big guns. We pulled out the bubbles and began to blow them and all the kids started giggling and chasing them around. We let them take turns trying to blow them, which took a little bit of training because some couldn't quite perfect it at first, but then they became masters.


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This child here in the worn shirt with the star on it was such a special little spirit. He had the hardest time blowing the bubbles, but when he blew his first one, he was so proud of himself.


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The young boy in the star sweater had a spine injury when he was younger, so he was not able to move around as fast at the other children and when he did try and run around, he had to use a makeshift crutch to walk with, nothing was slowing him down and he was all smiles as he was going after the bubbles.


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This young boy in the red baseball sweater had the sweetest eyes and the warmest smile out of everyone in the group. The above picture is one of my favorites of him because you can just see the wonder in his eyes as he looks at the bubble floating in the air. He had patiently waited until so many other kids went through the line blowing bubbles and then when it was his turn to blow some bubbles, he got the biggest smile on his little face.


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I am not sure if the girl in the picture with him is a sister of him or even his mother, but she helped out both of these two boys I mentioned in this post as they were taking turns. You could tell that she cared for them and that these two little ones were very special to her.


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As we ran out of bubbles, we let them all know that we had to go, but we would be back another time to play again.


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My time is Africa was filled with so many amazing experiences. Many people go there for the animals, but I am glad that I was able to spend a month living among these people. It was truly a humbling experience to be around people who had so little, but were filled with so much life and love for one another. It is something we can all learn from them.


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So how many words in Swahili were you able to learn, total?

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I learned the typical greetings and then a few pages worth of words to have a broken conversation. When I talk to some of my friends that are still there in Tanzania, we talk to each other in Swahili and I just use Google translate. They correct me on some of the translation errors. It is pretty fun.

Thanks for sharing. Those are beautiful photos you took. I am thinking may be we can organize some slightly used dresses and ship them over there... let me know what you think. I can 100% support with some of my WLS stake.

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Thank you. I really appreciate that. I am not sure where you are and what the shipping costs would be, but from here in the US to Tanzania, the shipping cost is outrageous. I help with a nonprofit called Day for Girls and they have kits for the girls to help with feminine hygiene. We usually just fill our suit cases and gear with these kits when we travel since shipping costs so much.

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Oh okay... next time you making a trip ... do let me know. I will be happy to fund a kit. Thank you for sharing.

What a magnificent and beautiful moment, you spent with all those children, that you could see that great joy and love in their eyes, for such a pleasant surprise and a totally different day.

The smile is the sale of the soul and the door to reach the spirit of any person, when we conquer that smile we have the opportunity to get closer and know a little more to that person who has given us that drop of love through a beautiful smile.

The world needs moments like this, that fill communities with joy and make them feel loved and that cultures from all over the world come together in this wonderful way that is to smile at life.

What a beautiful moment ... Love and Peace! @derangedvisions

That was really an humbling experience for you. You sure have a kind heart. Thanks for bringing smile to the face of people. A good way to kick off the year. Kudos to you and Keep up the good work @derangedvisions

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Thank you for taking the time to visit my post. I had an amazing time in Africa and can't wait to go back.

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You are welcome @derangedvisions. Maybe you will like to make it to my locality next time you want to go.. 😀 👍

Thank you for visiting Africa.. I loved the event behind all your shots.. Getting to Tanzania, manoeuvring the language Barrier - at first sight the indigen of that locale saw you guys as strangers but the flames of mingling with them was kindled by that giving act -- chocolates.
The bubble blowing, the boy with the spine issue and the blissful moments made your travel worthwhile. I know this will be a memory that lingers in your heart.

This post was like a real movie -- It felt like I was there with you. I hope you do visit Africa frequently.

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I am glad that you liked this post. I had such an amazing time there in Africa. I am still in contact with some of the people that I met while I was there and I am planning on going back to visit this village again when I am able to. I loved all of the people that I met while I was there and the experience changed my life.

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I am African and I am deeply moved by your comment. I don't know what to say.. Thank you for travelling to Africa.. It meant a lot to me.

I hope you do visit the place again... Enjoy the tour when it comes.. Looking forward to more of your African travelogue.

It is awesome to know you visit africa. That must be a real motivations to those kids. You must have brought back the and dead hope in them and am sure they would forever be grateful to you. Thanks your kind heart. God bless you.

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Any intersting foods you ate over there with them? I'm sure that another story for another time ;)
Did you by any chance tell them about steem/whaleshares to them as well?

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I ate a goat that I slaughtered with the villagers. It was during a celebration and i drank the blood from the goat as well. I wrote about it in a post a while back. It was a pretty cool experience. I didnt talk to them about Steem or WLS, when I went to Africa, it was before I had joined these platforms. I am hoping to have the money this summer to go back though. I spoke to one of them on the phome today and told him about Whaleshares and told him if i am able to come soon, I was going to bring him a laptop so he can start writing here.

How nice it is to spend time playing with children, just seeing their smiles and laughter we can already feel happiness ... You are indeed a man of great soul and kind heart @derangedvisions.

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Thank you. This was a great time in my life and i cant wait to go back and see them again. I lived in their village with them and they welcomed me in as one of their own. It was an amazing experience.

One of these kids has blue eyes, which is really very rare. Have you noticed it ? Or it is just due to the editing done on the photos.

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The color in his eye is most likely due to the reflection of the sun and then the fact that he is malnourished, that will affect the coloring of the whites of his eyes and cause a coating across them as well. He was the sweetest little guy in the whole bunch.

Must have been a very cool experience that brings home emotional bagage to be a better person... and..beautifully caught on camera!

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Thank you for the compliment. It really puts life into persperctive after being there and living among them and see what they value versus what the people here in the US value. They value their families and community while everyone around me here values material things.

Outstanding! What an experience, thanks for sharing that with us, and the photos are great. Very moving indeed.

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Thank you for taking the time to read about it. It really was a life changing experience to live there with the Maasai people.

Very very interesting work! Very interesting your style of photography, I like the focus you give to each photo, continue like this, successes.

beautiful photography, seeing their smiles give happiness in life, and lots of smiles to look young, thank you for sharing.

It's sad that we are so disconnected from each other...together we could make so much more for the ones among us who need our help.