14th Annual Smithsonian.com Photo Contest
Tibetan children at a traditional Tibetan performance
Even though we had limited communication, the boys would continuously give us food and at one point, the older brother reached into his pocket and pulled out a ring and proceeded to give it to me. I felt so touched by his gesture. I would play with the younger boy and I would tell him to smile for a picture. He was much more shy and every time I’d tell him “笑一笑！” (smile!), he’d hide behind his brother, but would give me the biggest smile afterwards. I wanted to give them both something, but because I didn’t have much to give, I gave them each a US dollar since that was all that I had. The adults around us were equally fascinated as the boys were, and when I gave them the dollars they were so happy.
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