The lady in the black t-shirt was one of my co-workers on the Peru mission trip. She's eighty years old. Most of my trip was spent watching her and muttering to myself, if she can do it I can. That mantra kept me climbing up and down, the steps, at Machu Pichhu.
This picture was taken as a residence outside of Lima. A recreational home of one of the members of the church. The mission members, for the most part, are wearing their look alike purple shirts. Until I got up to take the picture I had been sitting in the orange chair.
I had sat down at the table by myself. I pulled out my Uno cards and started shuffling them. I was quickly joined by the elderly gentleman. Then my two team members joined me and the game was on. I was quickly surrounded by little people. I could hear the word being passed that UNO was being played. Right after I snapped this picture about four more kids showed up. They made the second ring of Kibitzers to the table and the elderly ladies that made the third ring, the Tiskelmockers. I have no idea if those are spelled correctly but I remember hearing them from Sheepshead players.
Anyway, there was more activity, noise and laughter coming from that uno game than there had been before. Suddenly, cultures and ages were interacting. A simple game.
It reminded me of when my oldest son went to Germany. He bored of going through another church or museum and spent his time outside bouncing a soccer ball. Within second, it seemed he had gathered a group of children to play some soccer. They seemed to come out of the woodwork.
I recently watched a PBS special about music. A young man took one song around the world and filmed people playing it, singing it and dancing to it, in their own way.
Perhaps we need to deliver more uno cards, soccer balls, musical instruments along with food and water to unstable countries instead of soldiers, guns and tanks. Maybe instead of being proud of being a military presence in the world we could be known for our generosity of spirit, our kindness and caring, our love of fun and interaction. I don't know, it's just a beazers thought.