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The light may be dim but the smiles on their faces are not lost in the growing darkness.

Two days at most were gone, and yet upon our return a mini-gathering seems to have begun.

The children scattered around the room, eating our offered candy, play with their new tennis balls.

The balloons that we just blew up are flying everywhere, and suddenly the room is filled with laughter.

I first thought that our living here would have been a burden for the locals. But now I see that instead of being burdensome, that just our presence is raising the spirits of the locals.

One piece of plastic, Three puffs of air,
and a smile I'll never forget.

I'm glad to say goodbye to normality, an hello, to reality.

This is how it should be.