Nourishing the soul

Ruby wearing her new Vietnam teeshirt
Ruby wearing her new Vietnam teeshirt

Link to the Front Page Article from: TheWairoaStar001

Dear Ruby,

When I met you at Ronald McDonald House, your smile was infectious and your enthusiasm for life was obvious.  You were so strong and brave and faced your operation day with acceptance. I knew immediately that I would make every effort to visit your school and to bring a food experience for you and your class mates to enjoy.  I hoped that my visit would bring happiness and joy…………………never did I imagine that it was my soul that would be truly nourished by the experience.

 

As soon as I arrived at your home I felt at peace.  Hundreds of kilometres away from my own home city – and so far away from the hustle and bustle of a township.  Your home is like a paradise, of animals, of fields, of ‘farm activities’ and of love.

Every adventure with you was a momentous moment for such a city person like me.  It was such a pleasure to join you for mustering the cattle, for feeding your animals, and for spending a day at your school – with less children in total than in a city school’s single classroom.

DSCN2032I was surrounded all day with all the children you study and play with.  And I noticed how everyone was so kind and giving.  I loved the laughter and the joy, I loved watching you all create food you’d never even heard of, and to be so excited in your success.  I took pleasure in seeing an entire school hanging in the branches of your school tree, and highlighting with pride the school’s garden, designed and planted by you all.

 

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The experience of cooking in your school classroom, wrapped by surrounding fields, with sun streaming through the windows – will forever stay with me.  A little of Vietnam came to Putere Primary, but a whole lot of Putere Primary came home with me to Auckland.

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Please, give your Dad a huge hug and thank you from me.  To hunt for a deer, is not something I ever imagined I would do in my life time.

DSCN2015The experience of truly understanding where the meat, I so often purchase, comes from was fantastic.  Your family’s hospitality and generosity was overwhelming.  I loved staying in such a warm and welcoming home – and I know that my puppy loved all the attention and freedom the farm and you children gave her too.

I believe we will always be in touch.  I will never forget the day we danced together at Ronald McDonald House, nor the amazing adventure I have just experienced in visiting you.  I look forward to many more adventures together in the future.Image 1

With much love

Vanessa (your real MasterChef!!!!!!!!)

PS.  Thank your big sister, Lily for the delicious Apple Pie 🙂

 

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