While we were up in the Phan Thiet area we stopped at another small town to distribute scholarships to a dozen children. Along with the scholarship funds each got a backpack filled with goodies.
I ran into the younger ones in the alley adjacent the school’s main courtyard. I asked if I could take their picture and they eagerly scrambled into a line along the wall—some excited, some shy. They were adorable. When reviewing the photos much later I realized what it says on the wall behind them: “Please do not urinate here.”
I wanted to weep. The metaphor strikes hard.
Nevertheless, it was a good day. A day typical of award ceremonies and cute kids.