Being half way around the world, this medical facility still celebrates Fourth of July and the independence and freedom that we have back at home. In the morning, it was amazing to see all the little girls dressed up in their beautiful dresses and the boys in bowties. Compared to the children, we were underdressed for the occasion.
The original plan for this morning was a water fight with the children to cool off in the hot weather, but the skies opened up and it poured. A few of us were grabbing breakfast from the street cart vendors and were drenched in the rain. Within minutes, the streets looked like rivers and we looked like acrobats crossing them using the speed bumps as a bridge.
The festivities were moved indoors with activities of glitter tattoos, face painting, arts and crafts, and modified sports. Our team brought giant inflatable soccer and bowling sets, and two disc golf baskets for the children to throw the disc (frisbee) into the basket. THEY LOVED THE GAMES!!! It was a joy to watch the children play, laugh, and cheer with and for one another.
The afternoon consisted of games with the children such as Four Corners and a competitive corn hole tournament among the adults. Not only did I never expect to celebrate Independence Day in East Asia, I never guessed we would play in a corn hole tournament. It felt like I was back in Missouri. With a little practice, Tyler and myself (Team Two and a Half PTs) took 3rd place in the tournament winning 20 East Asian Dollars.
For dinner, we enjoyed an all American dinner of grilled burgers, salad, pasta salad, potato salad, and chips. The evening ended with a bonfire and a beautiful fireworks display. It was a nice taste of home here in East Asia.