April 4, 2011
Do You Feel Lucky Kids?
Not a spectacular photo by any means. Why did I post it? It's a picture of the schoolkids in their lunchbreak. The place is Tomasevo, six kilometres from Potrk in Montenegro. It sits smack bang in the centre of the town. There were two teachers. The other side of the court (not in photo), had this many kids again, but I can't give you an exact number. We were told they were not allowed in the school building during their lunchbreak; everyone including the teachers had to remain outside until the bell went. I recall seeing one ball and lots of kids chasing either the ball or each other. We took a peek inside the school building and there was very little in the way of computers or electrical equipment. Infact, we saw none.
What I remember most was "hearing" the kids. They sounded happy and free. They were vocal and buzzing and yelling and simply puffing themselves out making the most of their time before going back indoors. Mitch thought it was fantastic. He made a few interesting comments. He wondered if the kids thought they had it rough being in a school with hardly any equipment. He also wondered if the kids knew how blessed and lucky they were to be surrounded by beautiful green countryside and breathing in the pine forest fresh air. I suspect not. To them, it's what it is and they probably don't even see it.
My most interesting observation - I didn't see any fat children. Not one.