Wake Up And Live


Posted in Uncategorized by Sarah Skeen on December 8, 2008

In the summer of 2001 my brother Micah and I took a trip to Negril Jamaica. We stayed in a little “hotel” on the beach called Roots Bamboo. Roots Bamboo was really a bunch of little cottages with no air conditioning and the minimal furnishings but it was great. We would wake up in the morning and take 10 steps and we were on the beach. What more could you ask for? Roots Bamboo also had a woman who did massages on hand in her own little shack on the beach. This was an older woman who brought her grandson with her to work everyday. Her grandsons name was David and he was 4. He sat for hours in the shade of a palm tree while his grandmother worked. He couldn’t go swimming because he was to little to go alone and he didn’t have any toys, so he just sat and waited for the end of the day. We noticed David shortly after we got there. He was adorable and very curious about us. We started getting to know him by sharing breakfast with him. Then we gave him our beach ball so he had something to play with. Slowly we gained the trust of his grandmother and one day we asked if we could take him out swimming with us and she said yes. David couldn’t have been happier! The first time we went in the water I picked him up and he wrapped his little arms around my neck. It was such a nice feeling. From that moment on David was at our door every morning when we got up. He had breakfast with us and spent the days on the beach with us. Then one day David didn’t come to work with his grandmother. We asked where he was and all she told us was to pray for him because he was in the hospital. We left the next day to come home. I don’t know what ever happened to David but that little boy certainly made an impact on my life. Spending time with him made me realize that I really wanted to have a child….something that I always said I never wanted to do!


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  1. jamee said, on December 8, 2008 at 8:19 pm

    What an awesome story and what an adorable child. Lily should thank David! lol! I do hope he was okay…thats so sad you had to leave before you could find out.

  2. melissa said, on December 8, 2008 at 10:23 pm

    What a beautiful boy. I hope he’s somewhere living a very happy life! I’m sure you made an impact on his life as well.

  3. Tabitha said, on December 9, 2008 at 6:15 pm

    so i am seriously crying. what a sweet memory. thanks for sharing.

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