It was a great experience for me on the 10th of March 2012 @ American Int’l school. I was meant to assist a friend to cover a wedding but I turned it down to grab the other opportunity. The first reason being the fact that children photography is my specialty and passion. Secondly, it is a privelege for me to be part of elophotos crew that will cover the event.
What a memorable event! Maybe because I wasn’t privileged to attend such a school in my younger days.
I learnt two lesson from two differnt parents at the event.
The first encounter was at the playing ground section of the fun fair. It was an Indian girl who was climbing the “mountain”. I heard her sreaming “daddy! daddy! I can’t make it further again”. She was looking down at her dad and I could see fear all over her face. The lesson of this story is the response of her father gave. He said, “no matter the difficulty you encounter when climbing a mountain, keep looking up….To make it to the top, you need to keep on looking up not down”.
The word sank into my heart and gave me an insight to ponder on. In the conclusion of the story, the little girl didn’t get to the peak of the mountain but she still made double advancement compared to where she wanted to stop earlier.
The second lesson happened at the exhibition stand where my boss (Mr Seun Akisanmi) was printing pictures for the parents of the children. A woman came there to print some pictures for her child that were snapped in the ‘Hummer stretch limousine’. While waiting for the pictures to come out, her daughter walked up to her and was pointing at something else she wanted mummy to buy for her. The mum understood her her body language and she frowned at her saying “you don’t buy things because you have money but you buy things only when you need them”.
The event is over but the two advice these parents gave their daughters still keep ringing in my heart. My conclusion was that if I wanted to sustain the riches that are about to manifest in my life, I must have the mentality of the “rich”. Selah
By Afolabi Oloyede,
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