Today was full of many emotions.
The day fluctuated with smiles in the morning, tears and laughing in the afternoon, and nausea in the evening. Being here in Cabarete is a huge awakening and has really got me thinking about the true meaning of life. Each day myself and two classmates eat lunch with a family of a child who attends 3M Montessori. This family does not have a lot of money and their living conditions are very poor. Here I was today, sitting in a very small space that was their kitchen and bedroom, staring at many flies swarming around our food and plates. Meanwhile, the mother and her 9 children all appeared content with smiles on their face. Bella (an armana) walked in from school with a huge smile excited about all of the food. "Hola!" Bella said. "Hola!" I said, while still staring at the flies. Then suddenly I thought to myself- this little girl is smiling ear to ear while I am almost about to cry because little flies are swarming my head and a chicken is about to be slaughtered outside of the door. Bella paid no attention to either of those things. She was happy because she woke up today, she went to school today, and when she came home food was on the table and a huge group of people who love her were waiting in her home. It really made me realize how materialistic America is, and how little we appreciate the important gifts we have been given- Educataion, a strong economy, clean water, and family! Who cares if there's a little dirt here and there. If you wake up in good health, you were given the chance to think and learn, and you have a family who loves you then your life is successful.