Thursday, October 4, 2012

I admire my TAs

Every day I look into the faces of each one of my TAs. They walk into my office tired, sad, hungry and look into my face, smile and say they are just fine. When I know deep down inside they are hurting.

They are the head of their house, they are only 20 years old but they are the only ones with a job so they are required to put their brothers and sisters through school and feed their family.

Often they do without eating so their younger siblings can have food to eat. They walk an hour to work every day and then back home again. Some have stopped going to college so that their brother or sister could go to school. Some sleep 3 to a bed because they do not have enough room in their house for another bed.

And then they sit in my office and act as if nothing is bothering them.

I think to myself, what sacrifices have I had to make in my life? I have never gone without eating or without sleeping. I had a great education. I have all I ever needed and more.

They look at me and tell me they admire me for what I do... What have I done that is greater than what they do every day?


  1. You have taught them to love children that society has deemed "unlovable" have taught them a different way of looking at the world, and different ways of solving problems. You have given them a perspective that most people never get to experience....and most importantly, you have given them love and trust that they rarely get from other places.

    I love you and am so proud of you and of them!

  2. I agree with Amy - I am proud of you and love you too - But also you have to see that they know thru the Love you are giving to them that there is so much more out there and you are building bridges, sharing the love of the Lord and giving hope for a Bright Future!!!

  3. You have taught us the value of hard work, you have taught us patience by being patient, you have taught us to be responsible and to stand up for what is right, to appreciate everyone regardless of our differences and that is very valuable especially in the stage that im at in my life right now, and ofcourse I have learnt to appreciate the color orange much more than you can believe now :)