The problem with not speaking dutch…

Today was heartbreaking.

While paying for my shopping I was approached by a small child, he must have been only 6.

I have no idea where his parents were, but he made a heartfelt plea for something, he looked so sweet.

For all I know he could’ve been asking for an apple, a biscuit, or simply for me to help him find his mother.

The problem is I have no idea what he was asking, and so all I could say was “Het spijt me, ik spreek geen Nederlands”.

I’ve felt terrible ever since, the inability to help someone, especially a child, simply because I don’t speak the local language broke my heart.

I do hope that someone helped him.

I still have no idea what he wanted, but that moment made me decide: I have to learn dutch! If for nothing else, then for this.

No child should look that lost, to approach a complete stranger, for help.

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