Little Lions (OT, emotional and photo heavy)

gardenbug(Canada zone 5)September 24, 2008

Our son works for OLPC, One laptop Per Child, and helps distribute special computers to third world countries, among other things.

Today he sent us a message with photos of distribution of these special computers in Rwanda by a friend & colleague of his, saying they will help

"little lions to read, create & roar."

Some of you know that years ago my husband and I taught school in Nigeria with the Peace Corps. These photos my son sent could well have been my school! Perhaps my emotions are running too high these days, but I am just so proud of my kids and how they lead their lives!!!!

So join me in watching these photos:

Dancing and celebrating at the school-

Carrying the boxes into the school-

Stacking them in the school

In the classroom

Their first attempts at graphics.

And this one really gets to me because my son drew a very special bike picture way back when he was in grade school.

But the biggest tear jerker for me was this one...

What a guy....


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Bug thanks for giving us some insider views to this program. It's good to see the computers in use and appreciated. Your son is indeed doing a good thing. I understand completely about the lion picture. Norma

    Bookmark   September 24, 2008 at 4:35PM
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woodyoak zone 5 Canada(5b)

That's a son to be proud of for sure!

I couldn't help but notice the creative art work on the walls in the background. And if that was kids first attempts at graphics on the computer, they're going to be good! Is it a very artistic culture - i.e. were those painting by local artists or the (imported) teachers?

    Bookmark   September 24, 2008 at 5:34PM
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Full_Bloom(z5 IL)

((Bug)) you have every reason to be proud of your kids...they *are* amazing, caring, generous, involved people and you should be a little proud of yourself too; after all you raised them! :-)

Thanks for sharing the beautiful pics!

I'm off on Holiday, so I best get packing...


    Bookmark   September 24, 2008 at 6:18PM
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prairiemoon2 z6 MA

Really, really happy for you Gardenbug, that you are able to focus on your children and what they are about in the world as a comfort to you right now. They are doing amazingly well when you stop and think of what young people are up against in the world today. They also still need your support and being needed is...well...'a necessity'. :-)

    Bookmark   September 24, 2008 at 6:51PM
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veronicastrum(z5 IL)


And amazing to consider how universal is the basic drawing of a house or a flower.

What a great antidote to a day of dismal business and political news here.

Thanks so much for sharing.


    Bookmark   September 24, 2008 at 9:36PM
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Wonderful Marie. How proud you must be of the work done by your DS. How easy it is for us to forget how fortunate we are to live where we do.

Kathy in Napa

    Bookmark   September 24, 2008 at 9:48PM
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It is so nice to see the end result of a great idea! So often we are left to wonder.

What a beautiful bouquet in the celebratory picture. Pride would be the word I would use to sum up that photo!

Thank you for sharing and for bringing up such a caring set of children :)


    Bookmark   September 25, 2008 at 7:13AM
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deanneart(z5Southern NH)

Just wonderful! YOu must be so proud!


    Bookmark   September 25, 2008 at 7:48AM
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Thanks for sharing this special part of your life 'bug. The project seems to be a success and you have every right to be proud of your son. The art work on the walls is amazing and I can see why then lion picture is so poignant.


    Bookmark   September 25, 2008 at 10:01AM
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Thanks for sharing this. Your son is doing wonderful work and would probably enjoy a documentary called "Hole in the Wall" about an experiment in providing slum children in India with computers and access to the internet (he may know about it already). A description can be found on the site linked below, and the documentary itself is available in most libraries.

Don't quite know how to express this or even if this is the right time and place: I am a lurker on gardenweb, and have enjoyed all the pictures you have posted over the years, of gardens and families. I have wanted to tell you how sorry I am about your little lion, but did not want to intrude on your grief. Please accept my condolences.


Here is a link that might be useful: Hole In The Wall

    Bookmark   September 25, 2008 at 11:07AM
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gardenbug(Canada zone 5)

Gardenmin, any time is the right time. Thank you.
But do join us, don't be shy!

    Bookmark   September 25, 2008 at 12:40PM
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'bug, you have much of which you ought to be very, very proud. Kindness, compassion, and a deeply held sense of decency is the core of a "stand up", "grown up", wonderful human being. You and Ric have imbued your kids with those things and the world is a better place because of it. Those are wonderful shots and I'm glad you shared them with us. We're all "in this together", after all.

Gardenmin... when are you going to start chatting with us? Yeah, it can be a "tough room" at times (what room isn't, after all?). But good, decent, fun-loving gardeners are always welcome. (One of my very favorite relatives was, Aunt Minn. She played the piano when Dad went to "dancing school").

    Bookmark   September 25, 2008 at 4:36PM
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flowerluvr(Z5 IN)

Bug, thank you so much for sharing that. You and your hubby raised a wonderful family.

    Bookmark   September 30, 2008 at 1:24PM
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