I would have once said she was shy, quiet and oh sooooo sweet.
Now, I would say she is friendly, outgoing a wee bit silly and still oh so so sweet.
Her smile shines with happiness.
Shines with a blissfulness for her new life.
Before moving into the Mighty Acorn House, Jacidah lived with her mother who didn’t work. Without a job her mother was unable to provide for neither her basic needs or her siblings. Jacidah was unable to attend school and went most days hungry. I remember Jacidah in her interview, I remember her big smile. I remember wondering how that smile could still appear on someones face while living in her situation. (I still don’t have the answer)
Today, Jacidah still has that beautiful smile. There hasn’t been a time that I pass her and not receive one of her smiles. It’s a smile that once you see it, you can’t help but smile too.
When I ask Jacidah what has changed about her life since moving into the orphanage she responded with a giant smile and says “school!” She is back at Seed’s Academy and couldn’t be happier about it. She tells me about how much she loves school and how much easier it has gotten since moving. She finally has both a place and the time to study. She can study math, her favorite subject, in the comfort of her own bed. She also mentions that this is the first time she has had a bed of her own.
She shares a room with her best friend, Cynthia. She loves living with all her friends and getting to play games with them whenever she wants. Her favorite is jumping rope. I ask her if she’s good at it, she simply replies with another giant smile.
She tells me that she would like to tell her sponsor thank you. She says thanks for the opportunity to go back to school and to live at the orphanage. She would also like you to come visit so she can both give you a hug and say thank you in person.
Favorite movie? All of them.
Favorite color? Red.
Favorite food? Rice and chili.
Grade? Standard 2.
Future profession? Teacher.
Jacidah, there is an undeniable beauty behind that smile of yours and I love getting to see it everyday.