I remember this as one of our first community events on the island. It was Children's Day and all of the children were paraded through the village as the honored citizens that they are. Children knew they were special but they also knew they had an important role in the community and they showed honor to their elders while they were being adored. I still find this relationship so interesting since some in our western culture would see the children as being "spoiled" but they never were. I think it had more to do with everyone feeling they have an importance on the island and a role to fill. I was timid in this first parade as I walked with my preschool class and held little Mola's hand. Mola (about age 4) was one of my great teachers. She never tired of teaching me basic Tuvaluan, showing me new things and just hanging out with me. I am sure I felt safer holding her hand while walking in this parade!