By: Samantha Batten Crumrine
Edited by: Arthur Mavrode
Eagle Pass, Texas July 6, 2019
Today I got to hold a three-month-old litle baby girl with the worst diaper rash I’ve ever seen. Her mama breastfed her and then brought her over to me to love on. The baby girl smiled and cooed and I knew she enjoyed connecting with me. Her mama asked if she could take a picture of the baby smiling at me along with her older children. When it was time for her van to leave Mama and all the kids gave me hugs. My heart was just about to burst!
This young woman was traveling with her toddler who was sleeping at the moment. She is from El Salvador and is traveling to Florida. I asked her if she needed anything and she said she didn’t have formula for her baby. She also told me she didn’t have anymore money to buy more. I asked her to wait one moment and I returned with bottles of formula for the baby. She hugged me over and over again. When it was time for her bus to leave she came and found me and asked if she could take a photo with me on her phone. I asked her to snap one with my phone too. We blessed each other and shared hugs and kisses before she left for San Antonio.
Cesar is a twelve-year-old boy from Honduras. Cesar drew pictures of airplanes leaving under an angry sun with tombstones (muertas) behind the plane. On the back, he drew pictures of a bed and a person on fire while another person pointing a gun at them. Skulls and cross bones are at the bottom under a thunder cloud with lightning.
I asked Cesar if this was his story and he shook his head yes and said “muy malo” or very bad as he crumpled the paper up into a ball. I told him his story is important and that I was honored to see it. I asked if I could take his story with me and he smiled and repeated the word “malo” over and over again. I insisted that his story was “importante.” When it was my time to leave he gave me the crumpled up ball of paper, a high five, and an “Adios.”
Cesar also drew an airplane with his name and “hola, muy malo.”
His friend, Jose, is also from Honduras and was of the same age as Cesar. Jose drew pictures of airplanes and peaceful landscapes around them. He didnt offer to give me his pictures but he talked about them and showed them to me.
Luis is ten and is from Guatemala. He drew a picture of a river and a bridge with Guatemala on one side and the U.S. on the other.
Jose also drew houses along a road.
One of the baby girls drew this picture with water, hearts, and sunshine.
A little boy, probably four-years-old with black skin drew this picture with my husband Douglas. He didn’t speak Spanish.
A little girl drew this one. There is a kitty cat at the bottom right-hand corner. She was given a stuffed cat toy.
Andrea drew this picture and gave it to me. Andrea is nine and from Honduras. I asked her about her story. She told me this was her and her family traveling to the U.S.
Andrea also drew this picture and gave it to me. She said that’s her with the umbrella and me. We are in the “lluvia” (rain).
Andrea’s baby sister drew this one and gave it to me. It reminds me of Jesus, God the Father, and God the Holy Spirit.
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