Brought to Tears by the Smiles of Polynesian Schoolchildren
Ok. I’ll admit it. Mr. Roaming Boomers has a tender heart and is regularly brought to tears by the beauty we see as we travel the world.
However, little did I know that about 30 schoolchildren from the French Polynesian island of Taha’a would have me chocking back tears.
It was a stunningly beautiful Monday morning aboard the m/s Paul Gauguin and we were moored just off the coast of the island of Taha’a in French Polynesia’s Society Islands. As we finished breakfast and were headed back to our stateroom, we saw about thirty children from the island of Taha’a getting a tour of our ship and looking about in wide-eyed wonder.
And then, to our great surprise, they came prepared to share some of their beautiful Polynesian dances.
As you can see in the photograph above, the children were dressed beautifully in their traditional attire, and the moment the music started and I was able to glance into the innocent eyes of these beautiful children, I was in tears.
The music, the smiles, the innocent swaying of their little grass skirts and Carol and I were both melted.
We brought back a lot of memories from our recent cruise of the Society Islands, but this memory just may be the most precious.
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