Rocks and RichesRich Stigall
By GO Fellow Sarah Herrera
As privileged individuals, it is often easy to correlate “richness” with material items. It is quite simple to do and sometimes it is quite silly to consider once the Truth is illuminated for us.
Meet three young boys from Hinche. They’ve been excellent teachers of what true “richness” is, and what it also is not. They do not have the many luxuries so often afforded in the States. They do not have endless amounts of clothing to choose from, they do not have a limitless variety of food to select, and they do not have fancy toys, expensive games, or popular items at their disposal.
But they do have a lot of rocks.
The rules of their rock games are blurry, and a scoring system seemed nonexistent, but those things were an unnecessary burden to an afternoon of entertainment. They had their rocks, and they had each other, and they needed nothing else. These little ones understood that togetherness was the foundation for everything else.
Though they found other toys to be a thing worthy of excitement, they did not depend on them in any way. They depended on each other. They may not be materially rich, but what does that matter? We cannot take such riches with us, but we can take our friends. These three boys have been some of the richest I’ve seen yet, for they are rich in friendship, and they are rich in love.
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