What did you think?
Not surprisingly, I bawled.
For those of you who missed it, the group date for the week was in the Ban San Fan Orphanage, located in the Phang Nga province in Southern Thailand. The cameras followed the bachelors around as they painted walls, planted flowers, and put up soccer nets.
And then, of course, they brought out the kids.
Kids who were excited to have new toys.
Kids excited to have someone play with them, just for a day.
Kids excited to share smiles and talk.
And then I felt angry. Unhappy because I know that that orphanage was one of the better ones, even with its white walls and flat mattresses. This glossy image of the orphan crisis. How many don't have safe walls or bunk beds? Clean water? Diapers? And my heart broke more.
"At least they are doing something," my husband tried to console me, "at least one more person will have seen a bit, even if it is just a bit, of the orphan crisis."
Here ABC's article on the episode, and a link to their donate button.
Immediately after the episode, a commercial ran about Wendy's Wonderful Kids. On Father's Day, if you buy a Frosty, they will donate 50 cents to support, "a signature program...which finds permanent adoptive families for children in foster care waiting to be adopted." Not surprisingly, I cried more.
It was followed by a new McDonald's commercial, which shows lots of adorable Asian children to advertise Kung Fu Panda Happy Meals.
Whatever happened to mindless tv?