Jake received his first letter from Qiniso, the boy he Sponsors in Swaziland today. He was sooo excited to open that envelope. Qiniso told him that he lives with his grandfather, grandmother, 1 brother, 1 sister and his mother. Jake asked me where his father was and I said, "I don't know." I told him that there is a great deal of HIV and AIDS in their community and not enough medical care. I also told him that crime is very high in parts of Southern Africa, so there's no telling. Then again, it could be a simple case of a walk-away-Joe; who knows? Qiniso told him that he likes to play football and that he likes to eat junk-food and that he has a dog named Bobby and some chickens too. He drew a photo of their home at the top of his letter along with an interesting looking tree that must be in their yard. Jake could not WAIT to write him back. He told him all about his life here in Georgia and made me print out photos of his little brother and sister and our dog, Bug. Jake also drew a photo of our house at the top of his letter. We sealed it up and I promised I would mail it off tomorrow. I cannot tell you how beautiful I think this simple exchange is between 2 boys--the same ages, one born May 13th, 2001 in the USA and the other born November 25th, 2001 in Swaziland. 2 ten year old boys on different continents leading completely different lives, breaking it down to chatter over favorite junk-foods, sports and pets. I LOVE IT!!