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Run, Child Run!

Run, Child Run!

While visiting Kenya recently, I stopped by a local shopping center in the western part of the country.  As I looked around the shops, I observed a woman emerging from a tiny kiosk with a young girl, about five years old, carrying a book bag on her back.  As I watched them, the woman bent down and whispered something in the girl’s ear, simultaneously pointing towards a building which was about half a mile down the road.  With that, the little girl began to run.  I stood there glued to the scene, fascinated to see such a tiny child running such a long distance on her own.  I watched her frame grow smaller and smaller as the distance between her and her mother increased.  Occasionally, this precious child would slow down and begin to walk and her mother, who kept her eyes on her the whole time, would shout encouragingly, “Keep running, you’re almost there.”  With every shout, the young girl who never once looked back, would once again break into a jog.  Finally, she made it!   As she turned into the building that her mother had pointed out to her earlier, the woman went back into her kiosk to serve her customers.