As usual, on Friday afternoon I went to visit my AIDS orphans at the hospital. It’s been awhile since Jim has been free to go, so this week was a lot of fun for me AND for the children.
Jeff and Donna Crane (our colleagues at Ukraine Medical Outreach) presented us with some hand-knit hats that were made especially for the orphans in Ukraine. With snow continuing to fall, it seemed an appropriate time to pass them on.
Maxim and twin brothers Oleg and Kolya model the hats for the camera — once they realized that they could actually see themselves on the back of the digital camera they were more than ready to ham it up. As soon as I they saw the flash, they began to ask “De? De?” “Where? Where?” And I’d show them the photo as they giggled and found themselves.
Oleg has a VERY ticklish tummy, as I discovered. He would throw his head back and expose that 5-year-old mouth with gaps galore where he has lost his teeth.
Jim entertained Maxim with the lion hat, but Maxim preferred to hide it behind his back. Here he is trying to determine whether it’s safe to take it from Jim or not.
We left after the boys had their lunch of soup and mashed potatoes. And a hunk of bread. Kolya started out eating by using the over-sized soup spoon, but he found it much more efficient to just drink from the bowl. He didn’t even spill a drop!
As soon as they had finished eating and had a spot of tea, the boys settled into their beds for a late-afternoon nap. We made our exit as they put their heads down.