Little teachers: Laugh loud

I’m venturing into new territory here.

You may or may not know that with my work I do a lot of travel, especially into developing nations. I’ve been doing outreaches for the last 10+ years, both as a single person and now together with my husband and family. (I’m a big believer in family volunteerism and teaching our kids how to serve others while they’re still young.)

We teach, we advocate, we do relief work. We volunteer in schools, orphanages, clinics, and churches. We help refugees, the poor, and those in need of care. We’re no heroes… we just love, give what we’ve received, and know that it is an absolute privilege to do so.

And so because of this work that I so deeply adore, I’ve been to many, many nations all over the planet. Literally.

But my favorite place in all the world to be is Asia. Anywhere in Asia. It’s a land that makes my heart burst.

One of the things that delights me to no end is going for long walks on my days off wandering through cities or villages and photographing the people that I meet. I could spend days on end doing this…. walking, connecting, capturing, recording.

And since the Memos is all about motherhood and parenting and children, I thought it fitting to introduce you to some of the very special children in my life. Hence my new series that I will post now and then – All the Children of the World: Little Teachers.

These beautiful littles don’t “belong” to me. In fact, often I can’t even recall their names.

But always I will remember their faces, the moments we shared together, and the ways they impacted my life.

Each one of them is beyond precious.

Allow me to introduce you to some boys I met in Pontianak, Indonesia (on the island of Borneo).

{buddies in borneo – 2008}

Although nowhere near my best on a technical level, this photo remains one of my all time favorites so I thought it fitting to kick off this new series with it.

These boys loved having their photo taken. No doubt it was their grand debut on the international stage and they didn’t waste a moment of it.

They splashed, they ran, they danced, and they hollered. They closed their eyes, threw their heads back, and unabashedly roared with laughter.

I love the color and movement and emotion in this photo and how it captures the pure abandon with which they were enjoying the moment.

Every time I see it I’m reminded to play hard, laugh loud, and hold somebody’s hand.

Dear friends, what have the Little Teachers in your life taught you or reminded you to do lately?

Smiling wide,
Adriel x


About Author

Adriel Booker is an author, speaker, and advocate based in Sydney, Australia who believes storytelling, beauty, and the grace of God will change the world. Adriel has become a trusted voice in areas of motherhood and parenting, Christian spirituality, and global women's issues. She's also known for her work with the Love A Mama Collective—serving under-resourced women in developing nations through safe birth initiatives—as well as her years spent as a Bible teacher and leadership coach. Her latest book is Grace Like Scarlett: Grieving with Hope after Miscarriage and Loss and she's made the companion grief journal available for free. Find Adriel across all social media platforms at @adrielbooker or sign up for LoveNotes, Adriel's 'secret posts' that aren't published anywhere else online. ✌️


  • cooperl788
    14 March 2011 at 5:58 pm

    Adriel, this is such a beautiful photo! I love their expressions; it's almost as if you were spying on their good time!
    Lately, Georgia has reminded me of patience and understanding. She's learning SO many new things, like putting on her shoes and jacket, walking up and down the stairs while holding a rail, how to put her books away properly (spine out), etc. I sometimes get impatient when we need to get somewhere, but Georgia is reminding me every day that Target will still be there even if it takes us 10 minutes to get ready to go. And Georgia's success in her self-care is more important than the schedule.

  • alison
    14 March 2011 at 9:48 pm

    my husband and i just got back from a mission trip to guatemala and some of my favorite pictures are the ones we took of the kids. their spirits were just absolutely priceless! i agree with you on the idea of family volunteerism. i can't wait for my kids to get old enough to be able to go with us on our missions. i think that it's so important for them to be involved and to see that there is a world out there that is so much more than what we see in our own little corner!

  • Nessa
    15 March 2011 at 2:36 am

    that is an amazing photo. can't wait to see more.

  • Getrealmommy
    15 March 2011 at 4:02 am

    This is a beautiful picture, and a terrific idea for a blog series. I'm looking forward to seeing what is next!

  • Melissa
    16 March 2011 at 7:07 am

    what a great moment you captured!
    my little one is reminding me to slow down and enjoy each and every day with her. How important the little things in life are. she's learning new thing each and every day and I am loving being in the moment and getting to see her grow!

  • Colleen
    18 March 2011 at 1:02 pm

    This is an exceptional photo. You have really captured the joy of these two precious babies. I found your blog today and am really looking forward to reading more here. It seems a lot of your topics really resonate with me.

    Back to this lovely picture, there is always something about seeing children's joy that makes my heart break a little bit.


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