Archive for Children

September 16, 2010 – School

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September 16, 2010“Today’s lesson is on ____________________”

Sony DSLR-A100 | f7.1 | 1/100 | ISO400

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July 21, 2010 – Nearer my God to Thee

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July 21, 2010

I was doing some work just across the road from here when these children arrived from a school in a neighboring town for “sports day”. What first surprised me was how quiet and patient they were while they waited for their teacher to arrive. They were not running around, they were not loud, they were just sitting on the ground or standing waiting. The second they that delightfully intrigued me was that all of a sudden they broke out in song with the most beautiful voices of a choir. But it was not just that they were singing beautifully, it was what they were singing. I had a hard time recognizing the seemingly familiar tunes (they were singing is Seswhati – the native tongue of Swaziland) but I did recognize that they were hymns…most noticeably “Nearer my god to Thee”). I tell you, I felt blessed to have a free ticket and a front row seat to this choral outburst.

Sony DSLR-A100 | f5.6 | 1/125 | ISO100

July 17, 2010 – An Hug to Remember

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July 17, 2010

I did not mean, really, to post two close up faces consecutive days like this but in this case I could not help it…not so much because of the photo itself but because of the story that goes with it.

You see, as I and another lady were led on a walking tour of Malanda*, just outside Bulembu, there were these children working … or playing … or both. This little girl was the youngest (about 3 years old I would guess). I bent down to talk to her and complimented her on her nice jacket and somehow that inspired her to lift up her jacket to show off each of the 5 t-shirts – and belly button – she had on underneath.

Here is where this gets interesting. The tour guide continued to explain how the houses are constructed when suddenly I felt this little girl at my feet and as I looked down, she was giving me the biggest little hug that I have had for a while. She, of course, was only tall enough to reach my knees abd her head was snuggly nestled in my lap but she meant every affection she had.

A few moments later after we secured a little bonding time, she grabbed my and to lead me somewhere to do something (neither of which I could figure out) and then she was done. But for about five minutes, we were best friends – and she never uttered a single word.

Sony DSLR-A100 | f8.0 | 1/80 | ISO80

*Note: Malanda is a “village” of homesteads that make up Swaziland and a stark contrast to the transformation that is occurring in Bulembu itself.

June 28, 2010 – Sippy

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June 28, 2010

Sony DSLR-A100 | f5.6 | 1/125 | ISO100

May 25, 2010 – A Neighborly Chat

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May 25, 2010

Sony DSLR-A100 | f7.1 | 1/125 | ISO100

March 31, 2010 – Jack

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March 31, 2010

Jack Gonzalez (2 weeks until his first birthday)

Canon Powershot SD1000 | f2.8 | 1/250 | ISO80

February 17, 2010

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February 17, 2010

First experience with a digital camera!  What fun. Just push the button and run!