Smiling Indira


“And is time not even as love is, undivided and paceless? But if in your thought you must measure time into seasons, let each circle encircle all the other circles, and let today embrace the past with remembrance and the future with longing.

Early this morning I was writing a letter to a woman who will sponsor one of of children, Indira. I decided to send her a photo of the first day we accepted Indira into our home back in 1999. Then I went downstairs and took a picture with Indira.

As I looked at the two pictures I found myself thinking of all that has happened in our lives since the day I brought Indira to our home. I was reflecting on how the years have treated us. At the time I picked Indira up, she had been abandoned in our St. Damien Hospital and she was such a cute little girl. She was very responsive and always quick with a giggle and a smile.

Over the years Indira has held onto her beautiful smile and she has continues to enrich all our lives. Physically she has many limitations but her mind is sharp as can be and she has such a wonderful sense of humor. A few weeks ago I was in a meeting that dragged on way past lunch time. So when I came in , I went straight to the cooker and started preparing something to eat. One of the  ladies came in and asked me how I was and I said I was great but I was starving with hunger! No sooner had I said this than I heard great laughter coming from across the room. I looked over and there was Indira laughing her head off at me and at the idea that I was so hungry! I did not even know she was keeping an eye on me! When I asked her what was so funny she laughed even more!! And so it is with Indira, always a reason to laugh and smile. It’s amazing really because for sure she would have lots of reasons to complain especially when you consider she is totally dependent on us. In the pictures below she is with her godfather Jourdain.

As you look at Indira, I hope you will see the fruits of our work all these years. The years bring challenges as happens everywhere, but my goodness how blessed we have been! I remember years ago Indira having seizures that lasted hours. That was so, so scary! Now she never has seizures! I never find the words to describe just how much Indira and the others in our home, bring to our lives. I always struggle to make people see that our relationship is not one sided. It’s not about us taking care of Indira. It’s now about us doing things for her. Rather it is a sharing of life together. It’s a sharing of our abilities and disabilities together – it may be easy to see Indira’s disabilities, but rest assured we all have many disabilities and lucky for me Indira is very patient with me and my disabilities!

Time sIndira Meems to go so fast- I guess for those in hospital, prison and captivity, it is a different story. In the next few weeks I hope to write about our children and show you the progress we have enjoyed. I hope to give you more insight into our lives here. In the meanwhile here is a smile from Indira to brighten up your day.

Gena Heraty
Special Needs Director, NPH Haiti



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