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It’s More Than Just a House

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A House is more than just four walls and a ceiling. It serves as a place of shelter, one where you can go to when in the sun too long, a place of protection and safety. Where a mother can feed her four children, a father can protect his family, and a child can make memories. Although all of those are taken for granted here in the states. The little girl you see in this photo has three other siblings. Two of these are under the age of five. The four of them plus their parents must share a bed (two small beds pushed together to make one) beneath a shady ceiling surrounded by wobbly walls that don’t meet. With my experience in the Dominican, I know that the nights are shivering cold and the winds are strong. I can only imagine what a night may be like in a house like the one I have mentioned. We only hope that the six of them find a way to all fit in the small two beds smushed together. In reality, one of them more than likely spends the night outside. Now in America, we complain when we have to share a room let alone a bed with a sibling. Parents have their privacy in a  giant room attached to a bathroom, kids have a playroom, and fathers have a man’s cave. Yet, one family of six makes a small one room house into one worth while. I was able to sit inside with the mother one day at the worksite along with a few other girls. As we chit chatted in Spanglish, I looked around the house. Everything I that I saw was more than likely all they owned. They did own a television and a fridge. Other than that, they had two children’s backpacks on a coat rack, a few different sets of clothes for each child, two toothbrushes stuffed in the ceiling, and a raggedy quilt along with a few worn our pillows. You would think that the family that lived inside would be miserable with their lifestyle. Although they watched over their new house as it was being built, they were still wide eyes and smiles beneath the unstable home. It really opens your eyes to see such a remarkable thing. After many years, their prayers have been answered for a new home. Their new house will be a place of safety, protection, and a place of fearless nights. One where the mother can feed her children, a father can watch over his family, and a child can bring over a friend without embarrassment. A house is more than just a home, It is a place of many things that each should never be taken for granted.

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