The pink suitcase became my mascot for this trip.
“It’s like a shop!” my son said as I packed — excited by the sheer number of toothbrushes in one place.
Life is settling back into normality here at home after the Mother’s Day Laos Cycle Challenge for Save the Children. However, memories of the trip stick in my mind; these sort of experiences change you. My mind keeps going back to how excited the Laos children were to receive toothbrushes on the day we visited a rural school. Their happy smiling faces; eyes full of light.
The children had never used a toothbrush before and so I did an impromptu lesson on how to brush teeth. It reminded me of how much I take for granted with my own children.
To celebrate the trip, I created a short video with a snap shot of cycling through Laos and meeting the children. I go back and watch the video often, just to see the happy bright faces again. You can still sponsor me here. The money raised will go towards building another life-saving clinic in Laos just like this one.
My pink suitcase didn’t come home with me. It would have made sense to unpack it and bring it home again but it felt right to leave it there in Laos. I don’t know where it will end up, but it makes me feel good to know that it is there…somewhere.