Sunday, July 19, 2009


The other day, Thomas and I were walking to the market trying to gather up some food between rain showers. Just outside the market, a little girl, about three years old, looked up at me and called "Manang!" I bent down to greet her in return when she excitedly hurried up to me and wrapped her arms around my neck and gave me a hug. She continued to give me numerous hugs as we talked. It was difficult to leave my new friend. I would have happily taken her home with me. We did not have a camera with us, but I will store in my heart the love she showered upon me. We had never met before, yet she greeted me with the Ilocano term of endearment for big sister.


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