Hey Siri! Pull up maps…oh wait…
Here in South Dakota, as we wandered on and off of the reservations, in search of the correct entrance to Pine Ridge Reservation, we discovered that our cell phone services and online maps let us down. We learned this only after driving hours through undulating lands surrounded by miles of prairie grass and getting lost after driving hour upon hour in the wrong direction. Learning opportunity! We had to drag out this huge Atlas, which I hadn’t seen since I was 3, when they were still being used, to navigate where we were going. On the upside, notice there is no problem pulling over on the highway and standing in the middle of the road, bare foot discussing our next move!
We did finally make it to Pine Ridge Reservation, but getting to Red Shirt Table was another matter…
We were thrilled to see some friends from back home, and we were welcomed with a picnic lunch and water bottles. After that it was time to get to work. We decided to set up the books over 3 picnic tables so that the children could choose their own books. Here it may look like Quinn is being lazy, actually he is holding onto the books to keep them from blowing away in the constant wind!
The whole trip was made worthwhile when we got to read the children their new personal books
and watch them collect more and more.
We also got to play with the children on the playground, and in a game of kickball.
It was really saddening playing with these children, and then learning of their unimaginable situations at home, yet it helped us to understand why the children were so grateful, and it continued to motivate us to help them more.
We were inspired by the determination of this lovely girl to bring home a boxful of books for her younger siblings. We hope to follow her example!