A MEMORABLE MOMENT
This summer, I went to Kansas in the USA. I was in an adorable American family for 3 weeks in Leawood. I used to go to school in a poor area of Kansas City with the family’s mother every Thursday. We were volunteers working in the school’s library. This school was open during the vacations to allow kids who couldn’t have any, or more than one meal a day, to read at this library and have breakfast when they arrived and lunch before going back home.
There were kids from 3 years old to 11 years old. Sometimes, they were too young to read by themselves so we had to read books for them. But when they were older, they read by themselves or read books to us, the volunteers. But we didn’t do just that for these children. With the family’s mother, we used to collect some clothes to give to the children. Every Thursday, we used to leave some clothes at this school.
The reason why I chose this story for my essay about a memorable moment is because these Thursdays were an experience that I will remember for the rest of my life. I am going to explain to you why this experience is memorable.
First of all, I have to tell you that the relationship that we had with these kids was amazing because they were appealing with their really different personalities. They were happy to read with us, to talk to us about anything… And above all, they were really amused to know that I was not an American person, because it was fun for them to help me to pronounce words and explain to me what these words mean. It helped me a lot to understand kids who were speaking English, listening to them, learning English with them and improve my pronunciation because I had to read, for example with a bird, grandmother or wolf’s voice. It was, every Thursday a pleasure to share these moments with these kids.
Something that really touched me was the last Thursday. This last Thursday, we went to the swimming pool with these kids after the library time. Before going to this swimming pool, at the school’s library, the children were really exited about the swimming pool and couldn’t wait for 2:00PM. Some of them had already gone to a swimming pool but most of them had never gone to any swimming pool and didn’t know how to swim. It was very complicated to organize because most of them didn’t have swimsuit. In fact, in this area, going to a swimming pool is considered as an activity for rich people. So we needed volunteers to look after the kids and their parents’ authorisation.
When we arrived at the swimming pool, the children were looking at the pool and were amazed by water’s games. We went downstairs to access the pool a little girl stopped next to the family’s mother. She said with her amazed eyes: “I can’t believe that’s it’s not a dream”. Even if I didn’t see that, I was really touched by these words because for us, going to the swimming pool is something normal, something that we have access to. But for her, it was a dream which was coming true.
This experience is for me a memorable moment because it touched me a lot. I was so happy to share that with all the volunteers and the kids who I met. But the most important in my opinion was to give them some happiness and see on their face the most beautiful smile that a kid can have.