“I like food!” he said.
“Me too!” I yelled.
I darted around the circle to wrap my arm around the young boy’s arm before anyone else could beat me.
I thought to myself, who could ever love food more than me?
And I made it!
The young boy looked at me smiling.
The 2 hour session was filled with a True Colors Personality Assessment, an icebreaker called, “Me Too”, a closing conversation on career exploration and role modeling, and a final treat, a game the learners (predominantly young men and one young woman, ages 13-18) facilitated for us called, “Master and Jack”.
As we packed our things to leave, the young boy approached me and gave me a hug.
He said, “thank you.”
I thought to myself, I don’t know why he would ever say thank you to me.
So I smiled and realized that today, for one moment, we brought something different to Ikamva Labantu-The Rainbow Centre (location in Gugulethu, Cape Town)-”by us coming here today, we took the learners away from all of this.” We helped them think of what is more.
So I replied to the young boy with, “No, thank YOU! I learned so much from YOU today. I learned that I now have a new food buddy.”
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