So, majority of my nieces and nephews proceeded, through time, to hand John and I $15 to go for an ice cream party for some children we work with. We were overwhelmed with the amount handed to us that there was enough for not only a ice cream party, but also a pizza party as well.
Yesterday afternoon, we took a children's home we work with (OLA) and took 12 of the children to a restaurant, called Summerland, for ice cream and pizza. When we arrived there I started finding out from the children one by one as they were ordering ice cream, they had NEVER eaten ice cream before. NEVER!!! They had NEVER been to a restaurant before. NEVER!! And they had never had pizza before. NEVER!! The manager who was running the ice cream parlor asked one of the girls who was 19 if she liked ice cream, she said she didn't know what it was and has never had it before. You should have seen the man's face, he was floored, from that point on, he was giving double the portions for half the price. It was a blessed day.
Emilee, she was telling us later she had to show the kids how to hold the pizza (with your hands) because they didn't know what to do with it. How cute!! In the end, they behaved quite well in the restaurant and ate all their food (we also ordered Jollof rice, just in case our great idea was a bust. I think they liked having it as an option). Afterwards, we took them to my kids school (Hillcrest) to play on the elementary playground. It was such a fun day. I hope it is one that is not quickly forgotten.
We are blessed for sure and Gus, our son, said to me near the end of the day, "they really had never had ice cream before" I think my whole family was overwhelmed with our own blessings and was reminded of how good we have it, even if it can seem that we are sacrificing.
THANK YOU SO MUCH TO ALL MY NEICES AND NEPHEWS WHO DECIDED TO GIVE THESE CHILDREN SUCH A FUN AND ADVENTUROUS DAY. ALL WHO WERE THERE HAD SUCH A BLESSED TIME!!! WISH YOU COULD HAVE ALL BEEN HERE WITH US!!