Today we took the children from the orphanage to the lake, and they seemed to be having the time of their lives splashing around and goofing off! One of the girls names was Eeth, and I felt a strong connection to her. She was the one that taught me the Cambodian dance yesterday, and when she saw me today she immediately ran towards me and held my hand the entire time I was there. While walking to the lake we had to walk in a path full of stones, twigs, and dirt. I was holding Eeth’s hand walking up when she nudged me and pointed down at the ground to indicate that it hurt her to walk on the stones because she had no shoes. That’s when I realized that half the kids weren’t wearing shoes, and I couldn’t help but think how painful it must be for them to be walking around outside. I tried my hardest to enjoy the time at the lake with the children, but I couldn’t stop thinking about the fact that we were leaving them soon. When it was time to say goodbye I tried my hardest to be strong and hold back my tears, but I wasn’t able to. Every single one of these children touched my heart, and I couldn’t bear the thought of leaving them. Yesterday Penh told us a story about two girls that were at the orphanage last year and how they had to leave to “work.” I think we can make our conclusions of what type of work they had to do. I don’t want that life for any of these children. They are so innocent and perfect, and I wish I was here all the time to protect them from getting hurt.