Four more children of Calheta (Ana, Veronica, Nelida and Lou) have recently received the birthday presents sent by their "godmothers" and once more have reacted in a rather shy way, which is more than expected taking into account that some of them got presents for the first time (ever).
Two of the "godmothers" seemed particularly concerned as the children didn't smile or show any visible happiness, but I was told (though I needn't have, being aware of the local reality) that they were emotional and that is obviously accountable for the way they reacted as they were given the presents and shown the photos of those who had sent them.
Ana wearing her new dress (left) and holding her presents and the photo of Natividade (right)
Veronica with her new dress and matching earrings
Veronica wearing her new dress (left) and enthusiastically reading her new book with the pieces of jewellery she is to do and her "godmother" Dora's photo beside.
Nélida wearing her new outfit and holding the presents her "godmother" Catarina sent for her.
Lou wearing the new top, bracelet and earings sent to her by her "godmother" Celeste, whose photo she is holding and looking at.
Lou wearing the new outfit Celeste bought for her (left) and the dress I bought for her (right).
None of these children had seen the faces of their "godmothers" before and that is enough an emotional moment for them ... (to put faces to what is being done for them). They had recently found out their school fees and material had been paid for, which is (already) difficult for them to "understand" ...
I was recently prompted by one of the children - "you don't know us, why do you care? ..."
... Why shouldn't we care? ...
I just wish they could understand how "special" they are and how special and proud I feel for being their friend ...and having found "marvellous" people who care for them ...