They stand against kismet with smiles and cheers. The inconspicuous and easily forgotten grasses are time over time the most tenacious ones.I, to all intents and purposes, could not recall what he’s called,
I could scarcely remember that he was different from those little ones with grubby faces,
he had an immaculate and well-kept outfit.
I could see his sheeny teeth when he put that silly grin on.
He told me he liked English a lot.
I need to point out that he has the best English among the children there.
Still, he kept mixing up the words “stepfather” and “father-in-law”.
When I corrected him with a smile,
he shyly twinkled back as he understood.
He had an older brother residing in the same orphanage.
Like most of the children in the orphanage,
literally, he should not be adjudged as an orphan.
He has a biological mother and a stepfather,
he was sent there as his parents were not competent to raise him.
The children there can go to the school as long as someone is obliging to pay for their tuition fee.
That should be good for them.
That is an orphanage located in Siem Reap, Cambodia.
That was my second visit.
I’d noticed that there were fewer kids.
Later I was told that they ran off not long before.
Some of them vamoosed to Thailand.
The warden said he couldn’t help if they fled to Thailand.
Who knows what would they do there?
Whom would they bump into?
The warden shrugged his shoulders and told me there’s nothing he could do.
Those juveniles picked their own destinies.
Let’s hope that wouldn’t be a regrettable choice.
If we place their smirking faces into some places else,
they are in reality just the very same with ordinary children.
Only we have to be mindful of that, being raised in an environment like there,
they have better comprehensions of what survival is.
Right in there,
when you see a 3-year-old toddler can swallow a shrimp with its shell attached;
or a 5-year-old lass can cut the mango with a knife and feed the slice to her mouth with it;
You will know that those youngsters are utterly congenital survivors.
Inconspicuous and easily forgotten,
they are grasses with no control over own kismets.
But those can withstand tramples are time after time the most tenacious ones.
Victor Tai | Freedom is a right
- LocationSiem Reap, Cambodia
- CameraCanon F1 / FD 28mm S.S.C
Canon 3 / EF 70-200mm f2.8L USM
- Other Language繁体中文