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Day Eight and Beyond - Simply Smiles Travel, Thoughts, Questions and Plans for Next year...

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"I feel like I'm somebody...having a Lakota name. I feel more meaningful." ~ Evelyn Veaux, Lakota elder ~

Day Eight and Beyond - Simply Smiles Travel, Thoughts, Questions, and Plans for Next year...

I sit here looking at this beautiful horizon wondering what awaits me back in the real world. This morning a bunch of us got up early to see the final sunrise of our stay here. I took a bunch of pictures as usual. I think the moods were a mix of relief to go home and many people figuring out that they were going to miss this place. I know that is what was going on in my head. I was the first one packed and ready to throw my bag on the bus and head home (or so I thought). More to come on this.

 There was a group huddled together wrapped in sleeping bags on the basketball court. I wandered around by myself taking it all in. Still a wide range of emotions running around inside of me. Would I come back here again? That question will not be answered for a while. Would it even be good…

Day Seven – Simply Smiles, Today is our Final Day Here (at least for now)

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"Infuse your life with action. Don't wait for it to happen. Make it happen. Make your own future. Make your own hope. Make your own love. And whatever your beliefs, honor your creator, not by passively waiting for grace to come down from upon high, but by doing what you can to make grace happen... yourself, right now, right down here on Earth." ~ Bradley Whitford ~
Day Seven – Simply Smiles, Today is our Final Day Here (at least for now)



Today has been completely insane! We were greeting and cheering for the kids as they got off the bus for summer camp this morning. And then…the (W) brothers arrived. The first one gave us all the finger, the second told us to “shut the f**k up”, and the next (who was the kid I played UNO with yesterday) just looked away. There are four of them all together I think but, after that, I stopped paying attention. The day was headed downhill.   
The kids were really wound for sound all day. There was some definite disrupted and distracted ener…

Day Six – Simply Smiles, Twinkle Twinkle Little Star

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"You either get tired fighting for peace, or you die." ~ John Lennon ~


Day Six – Simply Smiles, Twinkle Twinkle Little Star
This has been a great experience but I am ready to go home now. Maybe I am just tired, homesick and it has been a very emotional journey. I was asked if it is hard to be away from my little daughter for a week. Yesterday, a little girl went past me and was singing “Twinkle Twinkle little star” and it broke my heart. I can’t wait to see what Riley’s reaction will be at the airport.

Day Five – Simply Smiles, Breakfast with Mr Ford Hill

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"Treat the earth well: it was not given to you by your parents, it was loaned to you by your children. We do not inherit the Earth from our Ancestors, we borrow it from our Children." ~ Crazy Horse ~
Day Five – Simply Smiles, Breakfast with Mr Ford Hill



It is 6:30 am and I am sitting outside with my coffee and Lady, one of the Rez dogs that have claimed the Community Center area as hers. There are a few people moving around but it is peaceful and quiet.

I have so many questions still left to be answered. The first two things that struck me as odd when arriving on the Reservation on Saturday are; the first was an American flag and right after that was a big cross. These are symbols are representative of everything that led to your people being in the position they are today. In Boarding Schools (which they were forcibly put) the children were beaten into submission by Nuns and staff and every kind of abuse was the norm. The flag represents the government and army that systemati…

Day Four – Simply Smiles, Second Day of Summer Camp

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“Life is about growing and improving and getting better.” ~ Conor McGregor ~

Day Four – Simply Smiles, Second Day of Summer Camp


Today was a better day. I was wandering around trying to figure out what to do and a little boy with a wiffleball bat asked if I wanted to play. We went into the horseshoe area and I pitched to him. As time went on, more people joined us. I began to focus on the enjoyment the kids were experiencing at this moment, versus the pain, I felt yesterday. Being aware of my mood and walking around periodically when I needed a break.
After Lunch, we loaded up and went to the school for activities. I helped John and Calli with Solar System stuff with the younger kids and then dissecting owl pellets with the teens. It was fun to see glimpses of curiosity and excitement from the children.
Dinner tonight was sweet potato enchiladas and I sat with some of the staff members and had a good conversation. I am feeling more comfortable with everything. I also took a bunch of…