The many forms of love to a teenager. November 8, 2018 - Bolivia
“I am so grateful that love in different forms surrounded me all my life.”
During her life, love surrounded Talía* in the form of friends, family members, her caregivers at NPH, and her godparents.
When she was young, love was seeing her mom. Her mom was always really busy, though, because she worked a lot. Sometimes at night she had time to have dinner together with Talía and her sibling. Unfortunately, Talía never had a dad and her mom could not take care of her any longer. So, Talía and her three siblings came to NPH Bolivia when Talía was 9 years old.
Love is kindness for Talía.
“My caregivers give me love in forms of teaching me values, correcting me, helping me to figure out what is right or wrong.” In 2008, Talía fell into illness. She lost hope and happiness. She prayed a lot. Thankfully, the love of her friends and caregivers at NPH Bolivia gave her hope.
During this time, she talked a lot with one particular caregiver here at NPH. She shared her worries and her fears, and he helped her through this hard time. He gave her hope and trust in herself again. At this point, they formed a close and strong friendship, and she now sees this man as a father figure in her life. She trusts him and always feels his unconditional love. Through her own strength, God and medicine she got well again.
Love, for her, means sharing.
Her caregivers showed her how to share. She always loved to spend time with the small children. In the past, she worked in the baby house. Showing love to them and being able to teach them how to share was a great experience for Talía.
Love is support for Talía.
“I am so thankful to have godparents who support me and my life. I am full of joy when I receive a card and I only wish to receive more in order to get to know them better and share more about my own personal life.”
She has a godparent from Mexico, who visited the home a few years ago. During his visit, they got to know each other better and she still shares a lot with him through writing cards. They have a really good and close relationship.
Love is friendship.
Having a true friend means share everything, helping each other, supporting each other in hard times, and giving advice when needed. “My best friend and I started to be friends at the beginning of secondary school. We are still in contact and when we have time we see each other. In the home, though, I also have many friendships with some of the girls that I live with.”
Love means happiness for Talía.
Carnival is one of the biggest public celebrations in Bolivia, including weeks full of events such as parades, public street parties and other entertainment. Every city and every town celebrates carnival on their main square. As the queen of the Carnival, Talía travelled a lot through the region to visit and participate in parades. “I got to know a lot of people, who all wanted the best for me. They showed me their love, their support, their friendship. At these moments my life was happy, joyful and I forgot about all other things.”
Love is God.
If something wonderful happens in Talía´s life, the first one she tells is God. She tells him about it and thanks him that it has happened.
*Names changed for privacy purposes.
Carina Eckl Communication Officer
You may be only one person in the world, but you may be all the world to one child.
—Fr. William Wasson