Today I took a taxi with James to his office so that I could explore a new area of Recife. After lunch I walked to a bookstore called Livaria Cultura with James and one of his co-workers. As I was telling him bye and confirming where we would meet later in the day I noticed a family staring at me and smiling.
The dad pointed at me and looked at his young daughter saying “English”. The girl turned red and immediately buried her face into her mom. The mom urged the daughter to approach me and when she did, very shyly, she said “I speak english. Where are you from?”
The beautiful thing about the whole exchange was the look of pride on the face of her parents. They were beaming.
The mom said something and it was apparent that we wanted her daughter to introduce them.
“These are my parents,” she said shyly.
We spoke for a minute and the girl told me how she wants to visit New York City one day. The whole exchange made me immensely happy because it reminded me of how alike we all are.
Parents love to see their children succeed and love celebrating their successes even more. It made me look back at all times my parents would brag about me and my siblings.
Whether it was singing a solo in church or traveling to a faraway land, both my mom and dad have always been quick to boast.
My parents have four children and it’s apparent time and time again that we are their pride and joy. Growing up they always let us know that.
Today’s experience reminded me that no matter where you are in the world there are always proud parents eager to push their children towards something better. Many times it’s because their children have been afforded an opportunity that they themselves never had.
With all of the differences between us there are simple truths that cross barriers and that’s parents wanting their children to do, have, experience something that they couldn’t.
God bless good parents who not only support their children but push them out of their comfort zones and encourage them to be great.
The girl I met today was obviously exceptional and I’m sure that has a lot to do with the people who brought her up.
When I approached her later to say bye she proudly showed me the English novel she was buying and I gave her my business card so that we may stay in touch.
A great way to end a day of exploration.