Nathan received a package in the mail this week.
It was from Changlais, a little boy from his orphanage that now lives in North Carolina. Turns out that Changlais's parents bought some shoes for him before he came home. When he got home, the shoes were too small.
They've obviously purchased shoes that fit him now, but Changlais kept trying to put the small pair on.
I think when you haven't had anything to call your own, ever in your life, it's hard to part with things that are yours, even if they never fit.
Changlais' Mama finally convinced him that the shoes were just too small and would never fit. Changlais said that he wanted to give them to John Peter then (remember, that's Nathan's Hatiain name). Melissa said she asked him if he loved John Peter and he said, "Oui!" (or "Wi" as they spell it in Kreyol)
Thank you, Changlais, for sharing what you have and setting a good example.
We wanted to share some pictures of Nathan in your shoes. Your Papa was right and they are big on him, but he LOVED them and we'll hang on to them.
It's not every day you get gifts from old friends.