I'm several days behind in my posts. Work is very busy and I have to wait in line to use the internet, so please be patient. I have a feeling I will never get caught up.
Several days ago I had to pick some paperwork up at the entry control point (ECP) on the base. Many children hang around the ECP and a little Pashto goes a long way. As I approached a group of about ten boys I started speaking to them in Pashto. When it was time for me to leave, one little boy asked me for a hug. After I gave him a hug, a lined formed and all these little boys wanted hugs! I hugged about eight of them and at least one of them twice. It was adorable! As I was walking away, they said they loved me. And I told them I love them too. Their response was they love me three and four and five.