10 Days Without Speech

Day 5…

“Daddy, TALK TO ME,” my son Noah said yesterday. He was trying to get me to read a story, and I was only showing him the pictures. Quickly, my wife stepped in to try to explain to him what was going on.

“Daddy can’t talk,” she said, “remember how we keep talking about kids who don’t get to play because bad men are making them make bricks or pick rice instead?”

Noah nods, “we poke bad men in the eyes!”

“You’re right, we poke bad men in the eyes.” We both snicker. “Daddy is trying to raise money to send people to save those boys and girls. You see those boys and girls can’t look at the bad men and say ‘stop hurting us and making us work’ because the bad men don’t listen to them. Daddy’s not using his voice to be a voice for those boys and girls.”

“Well I’m not using my voice for 10 days,” Noah replies! Rebecca and I look at each other, we know each other’s thoughts. In some ways, Noah not being able to ask, “Why, why, why, why, why, why, why, why…” wouldn’t be the worse thing in the world. At the same time, it’s amazing to see his child-like sensitivity to others hurting.

Rebecca looks at Noah and says, “Okay you can do that if you want, but now it’s time to go to bed!”

Thinking that he can get out of a nap Noah responds, “I’m going 10 days without my bed.”

Rebecca’s mommy-wit kicks in, “okay, you can sleep on the floor if you want.” You can see the disappointment on Noah’s face realizing that his strategy has failed.

After an hour or so of excuses, Noah finally goes to sleep and I’m left wondering, “why I’m doing this again.” But then I think about him sleeping comfortably in his bed, and immediately I think about all of the children under the age of 18 (40 – 50% of all slaves) that are working in brick yards or rice fields instead of taking naps.

Suddenly, 5 more days doesn’t seem very long to go without a voice, especially if we can raise $2,000 ($1,000 + $1,000 match) and save some of these kids from slavery. You can give by clicking here.

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