Last Thursday, the kids in Vidrare decided to put on a show for us as a way to thank us for coming to visit them. They sang and danced for us, and then we joined them for one dance. It was too cute.
I also got to spend some quality time with Teddy, my favorite baby boy. He is really calm and when I hold him he usually just looks me in the eyes the whole time and touches my hands. I think he is about 8 and I don’t really know what disabilities he has, but he doesn’t talk, cannot walk, is very thin, drools constantly, and hates loud noises. He loves hugs and likes when I bounce him on my lap.
With these kids, it’s a lot different. Because they usually cannot speak or convey their thoughts, you only have their emotions as a way of knowing how they’re feeling. Because of that, it’s a lot harder to see them cry or be sad. When Teddy makes sad faces, for example, it’s a bit heartbreaking because I have no way of knowing what is wrong with him. But they are a lot easier to manage and appreciate our company much more than they kids at the other orphanage. While the kids at Razliv have each other to play with, these kids are usually too disabled to really interact with one another efficiently. Some of them can, but most cannot. Because of that, they love any attention or affection they receive. We all agree that it is here in Vidrare where our efforts are the most useful and needed.