One of the most memorable experiences I had in South
Africa was painting a playground at in Cape Town. When we
first arrived, I was struck by the beautiful natural scenery around
us, but was simultaneously saddened by the harsh living conditions
in the surrounding areas. We painted for a few hours to bring some
love and some life into the playground, writing inspiring words and
hopeful sayings so that the kids could see them every day. I had a
wonderful time painting, and decided to take a few photos so that I
could better remember that experience. However, the best memory
from the day came when I snuck into the center itself to play with
the children. After jumping around with the two and three year
olds, I showed them the pictures of their brand new playground.
Their faces and exclamations of delight gave me the most wonderful
feeling of accomplishment and joy. I am so happy to bring a
little bit of happiness into these kid’s lives, and it’s a day that
I will never forget.