It is the little things that make the world go around. Many times I have these grand ideas of what I should be doing, want to do and will do. However, we live in world, in communities full of people who are also doing. They are doing their part. They are the doctors, lawyers, preachers and teachers of our day. But there are those whom are often overlooked. They contribute so much yet they are often looked down upon or even cast to the side. These people contribute to our comfort and often our health. They are generally humble and pleasant. I speak of the People that clean and cook in our schools.
Today I had the opportunity to “make someone’s day”. Interestingly enough, my day was “made” too. I woke with the idea that today I was going to give these wonderful cleaning and kitchen ladies pictures from our New Year’s party. I got up did my morning routine of meditation, exercise, breakfast& coffee. After getting dressed, I would not let myself forget to put the pictures on my flash. Today I would give something. Not that I don’t usually give, but, today was a special opportunity to give to people who welcome me each day with smiles and “Sain bain uu’s”.
The taxi drivers were so pleasant too. I knew this day was only getting better! I got some money from the bank and went to the print shop. The guy who works in the shop deliberately speaks very fast Mongolian to me. However, I go cause I get a laugh and they are fairly nice to a brotha. Once the wife of the owner finished with my pictures, I hop in another taxi off to school. When I arrive I am greeted with my normal smiles and millions of “Hi’s”, However, I love the children whom interject with Mongolian so I can actually say something other than …Hi, HI, hi, HI….Hello. I met with my managers and teachers about my close of service date, Olympic preparations and distributing books that we received. The meeting was one of the best.
After my meeting I was on a hunt. I printed out three copies of the photos from the New Years Party of the two groups of ladies from the kitchen and cleaning crew. I had in hand, three copies for the Cleaning staff and kitchen staff. First I went to the kitchen /lunch room and gave the pictures. I explained the kind words I wrote on the back in Mongolian and the head chef put it better translation for me. Later, finishing my milk tea and been, I was recharged and on the hunt for the cleaning staff. I found them. On the second floor doing their duties in sheer content. The first lady caught me as I was fumbling for the photos, she knew exactly what it was and I wanted to give it in a gift like manner. So, she pulled me over to the window where she could see better and it also gave me a place to put my things. But, it was the earnest “Thank YOU” and eye contact they warmed my heart. She held my hand for a minute and it was if her "Thank you" echoed at my acceptance to serve in the Peace Corps. Than my friend, another cleaning lady about 50 or so came and sealed the deal with a smile, handshake and traditional Mongolian sign of affection, “The Sniff”! My day was “MADE”! Go make someone’s day.