Friday, November 25, 2011


It has been four days of teaching in the schools. Everyday I wake up excited to go and see the children that I have had the opportunity of getting to know. They were so shy when we first got there; I wasn’t sure how I was supposed to get them to open up. It turned out that I didn’t need to do anything. Once they got to know us they transformed from shy, quiet children into the most energetic and fun kids. There is this one little boy named Rafi, he is so cute I couldn’t help but hug him from the second I saw him. He is five years old, and has the biggest brown eyes and the most amazing smile. Rafi was too shy to give me high fives for the first three days, but today, he finally held my hand. The whole school, which is about 41 children, played hot potato. Every so often I would look over at Rafi and catch him looking at me. I would smile and wave and he would get this huge grin on his face. Seeing him light up from just a little wave and a smile makes me so happy. I will never forget holding his little hand and seeing him smile at me. It is hard to describe the feeling I get when I help the kids. When past YMAD kids come back and say they would do anything for the kids they taught, you never realize how serious they are. I would do anything for the children I have come to know. They have helped transform me into a more patient and humble person. I love these kids with all my heart; they have truly changed my life.

Zippy Ford

PS. I miss you family and Max hope all is well!!


Anonymous said...

Miss you too zippy! I'm glad your having such a good time!

Anonymous said...

It is finally such a relief to hear from you.
What a difference a smile can make! Bring Rafi
home in your duffle bag! Love and kisses G

allison ford said...

Zip, I am so glad to hear from you. I am glad you are doing well. I miss your cute face and your bright smile. I am sure Rafi loves you, bring him home. I love you! m.

Anonymous said...

Beautiful and tender moments are the best.
Never forget them, they don't come along that
often. :)

Spencer said...

ZIP!!! What did I tell you all these years, now you can finally appreciate and understand the feeling I felt three years ago! It is so good to hear you are having the time of your life. Take in every second you can because it goes by way to fast! LOVE you and MISS you!!

- spence

P.S. I hope you know you are coming back with me this summer!!

Maddie said...

Zippy my sweet little sister,

I am so proud of you! It sounds like you are truly experiencing. It was very good to hear from you, your post was short and sweet and simple. I am so glad you are enjoying yourself. Don't forget to come home! I love you and I miss you. Things around here aren't quite as entertaining without you, but I am glad you are entertaining those little kids. Love you "Zeepy!"

Love Madds

Anonymous said...

Hi Zippy this is Wytie I really love you and miss
You. Please be safe. Say hi to Rafi for
Me. Love you Wytie

Monkey's Mama said...

Zip, So good to hear from you!! So glad to hear you are enjoying yout time! Can't wait to hear all about it. Love you and miss you!