09 January 2011

Sharing His Blessings.

I walked through the silent corridors of the 4th floor when I arrived just a few minutes ahead of everyone. It was quiet, except from occasional moans or sobs of a child in pain. Despite the colorful paintings on the wall, there was immense sadness. I swear, I heard a mother's heart breaking.

Or was it the sound of my own heart breaking that I heard?

I tried to hold back tears the entire time I was there. But I had a good cry when I got home. The memory of their faces, pained and sad, just had to become tears.

. . . . .

Ces' first-born, Eagan, turned 11. He celebrated his birthday
at the National Children's Hospital as a way to share his blessings.
He was joined by family and friends that Saturday morning.

I was quite happy when Ces invited me to join them and document the day.
I love to be part of something like this -- something that makes other people happy.
I wasn't surprised when Ces told me that Eagan will celebrate his birthday this way.
Ces and her family are very generous people, they find joy in giving.

I am sharing few pictures I took that day.
I am not posting pictures of very sick children.
There are ethics to follow when posting pictures of children,
especially sick ones. These pictures I took (and posting here)
have permission from their parents.

This little girl was is very ill, but for a while, she forgot a little of her pain.

There was a lot of laughter on the 4th floor that day.

Toys, balloons, and innocence.

Claiming her toy.

Jollibee was there, too, and danced for the kids!

The kids were so happy to see the Bee! Well, at least, most of them.

Ah yes, this bee makes me happy. :)

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CBB January 10, 2011 at 1:27 AM  

Seeing there are children who, at a very tender age, are seriously sick and incapacitated, we realize how privileged we are. Good health is not something determined by anyone. It is a gift, a grace, and a blessing. It should spur us to take care of ourselves. That should show our own appreciation for the grace of good health.

In a moment such as a birthday, life is celebrated. And, what better way to celebrate life, than to share part of it to those less fortunate?

I hope Eagan will realize what his parents taught him this day -- that he should always be grateful for his very good life, and that, he should also learn to share his blessings.

I salute his parents for making his birthday a real memorable learning experience.

konsuy January 10, 2011 at 4:00 AM  

eagan's birthday party is so moving. nakahilak gyud ko. at 11, ning reach out na siya. double wow.

the photos captured each child's thoughts. you are amazing.

Badeth January 10, 2011 at 9:48 AM  

I am speechless. My heart is crying.

Dee January 10, 2011 at 8:34 PM  

Beautiful and Heart wrenching at the same time. (i think i said the same thing in your FB lol)

and again, if it were up to me, the whole world can transform into one big theme park for all kids to enjoy.

beautiful, beautiful. Thank you.

ces January 10, 2011 at 10:37 PM  

thanks for sharing these shots in advance, A. you always come up with pictures that tell a story. i cannot get the sad and hurting faces out of my head, but somehow, you managed to capture the smiles. i am so glad that if only for a few moments, we were able to ease their burdens. thank you for being a part of it and for being a part of my family's life.

julai January 11, 2011 at 6:03 AM  

this is a very inspiring post Ate Ai. And two thumbs up for the boy for learning how to share at an early age and for the parents for teaching him one of the most important things in life, to share the blessing to others. And two thumbs up to you as always for inspiring us. Keep it up Ate Ai.muahhhhhh

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