“One doesn’t need to have grandiose ideas and plans, it is more often than not, that the biggest impact to help change and make a difference in someone’s life comes from the little things.”
“We don’t have any money. What could we possibly do?”
How devastating to a 5 year old whose view of the world did not quite yet include the have and the have-nots. So being a guy, I just didn’t want to hear about the problem, I wanted to fix the problem. (you know what I mean) A moto taxi was procured; Katherine and her mom in the back and I in the front sharing the tiny glove like seat with the driver. We set off to the market to find a vendor that sold shoes.
There they were, rows of shoes, all kinds of styles: tennis, flops, dress, and of course there on the lower shelves were the kids shoes. One has to remember that this kind of store is not one where Katherine’s mother would normally be seen in. It seems one of the unfortunate effects of extreme poverty leaves one with the mental imprint of not being worthy. A huge smile formed on little Katherine’s face as she spied a pair that caught her eye. There they were, a black pair of slip on leather shoes with a silver buckle on the strap. What little girl would not be totally content with such a prized possession? It didn’t take Tatiana but just a few seconds to express these were the ones. The clerk was asked to ring up the sale and if she could add a couple pair of much needed socks. After doing a little figuring on a calculator and writing on the receipt pad the sales lady exclaimed, “That will be $5.” I was somewhat caught off guard, after helping raise six children of my own, I was expecting to have to reach a little deeper in my pocket.
“FIVE DOLLARS – what a small price to pay for this young girls happiness and especially her future.”
So back to the comment from the youth group. One doesn’t need to have grandiose ideas and plans, it is more time than not, that the biggest impact to help change and make a difference in someone’s life comes from the little things.