A Weekly Journal Chronicling My Life
As It Intersects With The Garbage Dump Community Near La Ceiba, Honduras

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Today: Chamu Turns 13

Many of you have become well acquainted with Chamu, either through meeting him in person and watching his amazing soccer skills at work or through reading him about. Last year at this time I wrote about Chamu and the sad scene that was his birthday, a lot has changed since then. Chamu's still quiet and reserved, especially if I ask for his opinion or focus my attention on him but he's also much more chatty and joking with me and as long as I don't get too serious with him he doesn't clam up...it's not ideal I know but life is a process and he's come a long way since not even being able to verbally respond to salutations. Yesterday Chamu turned 13 and we celebrated as we always do - I gathered a few friends who I knew are close to him and went through the litany. Chamu almost cried not a few times, I could see it in his eyes, he was doing everything he could to hold it in...and he did, he maintained his composure and at the end of everything he was smiling and joking with Chihua and Melvin. I love this kid, I would do anything for him, he means that much to me. Please pray for him, his life is very tough and there isn't much hope ahead for a better one.

not sure if he's allowed to enjoy himself

throwing caution to the wind


kdefuniak said...

completely blessed by this post (and the one linked to it). so thankful for you and what you are to these kids. you are being christ to them! which, of course, invokes the usual response in me...I CAN'T WAIT TO GET THERE! geez, can't come fast enough.

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