His was the first name I remembered. I never even asked him for it; didn't have to. Denis called his name while we were all playing a game. This was Tuesday, even before the first official day of camp. When Denis called Petru's name, my first thought was of my friend Pete. Then, when I looked at the boy, I saw that he kind of looked like Pete. Thus his name was ingrained in my memory. Petru was young; around eight or nine, I'd say. With a perpetual smile on his face, he certainly didn't fit the stereotype of a sad little orphan. He could entertain himself easily with a ball or a single small balloon, or if he had nothing, cartwheels and handstands would be enough. Because of him, I learned I could do cartwheels too, as well as walk on my hands, do somersaults, and even do the worm. And although none of this in any way resembled breakdancing, this was still what the kids chanted when they wanted to see me risk causing myself bodily harm. But Petru was never afraid to risk bodily harm, so neither was I (he actually swatted a bee in the grass and then picked it up and played with it while it squirmed between his fingers). On Friday during recreation we brought out the Frisbee. I'm a big fan of Frisbee. Petru seemed to like it too, and for a boy of his size, he was pretty good... actually, for a boy of my size, he was pretty good. For Sunday, the last day of camp, we had a giant relay planned, and one of the games involved Frisbee throwing. On Saturday, I was placed in charge of recruiting people for the Frisbee relay, so clearly my first pick was Petru. He was so excited to be asked, and all day he was coming to me saying "Frisbee, mane?" which means tomorrow (moo-way-nay is much closer to the correct pronunciation than whatever it is you were thinking). Sunday came, and still he kept saying "Frisbee, Frisbee," and I had to keep assuring him "yes, later." Finally the time for the big relay came. Now, the way it worked is that there were three big teams, each with people assigned to each of the events As soon as your people finish their event , the whole team runs to the next event and tries to get a head start over the other teams. Basically, it's a relay of relays. Well, the Frisbee portion was close to the end and, as I understand it, was supposed to work like this: the entire team fills the volley ball court while all the Frisbee participants line up down the soccer field, each a good distance from the player before them. The first one throws a Frisbee to the second, but if it doesn't make it all the way, they have to go to where the Frisbee fell and try again until it makes it to the next person. This continues until the Frisbee reaches the last person. Sounds easy enough, right? One problem, though; there were no markers for where the participants would stand, nor was there anyone there to tell us how it worked. So while I'm trying to get my Frisbee people together in order to figure out where they should go to start the relay, our pastor Jeff is just having them spread out inside the volleyball court tossing the Frisbee around. Although Jeff completely misunderstood the concept of the game, I had a more pressing issue to deal with: my star player, Petru, was nowhere to be found. I heard Jeff yelling "Petru, throw the Frisbee, Petru, throw the Frisbee," but I didn't see Petru. Then I looked around and noticed him walking off the field and through a gate to sit behind a fence. I followed him out there to find him in tears, so I rushed back to the group and screamed for Denis. After a few tries, my voice was finally heard above the din of ridiculously loud kids with too much energy, and Denis came to my aid. Upon talking with Petru, we learned he was crying because he wasn't getting to do the Frisbee game. It turned out that amid the chaos, Jeff had grabbed some other kid and was calling him Petru (to Jeff's defense, they were about the same size and both had dark hair and white t-shirts). He had been so excited for the past two days, and then he didn't even get to do it. The teams had moved on to other relays, and I didn't care. I just took a Frisbee and started playing with Petru, We forgot about everything else and just played together. His face grew much brighter as we played. The relay ended and the call for small groups came. So we halted our game and proceeded to group time. First, though, I snagged a Frisbee and set it aside to give to Petru before we left. During small group time, Petru had trouble focusing. He eventually wandered off and continued to wander throughout worship. He was clearly still bothered by the events of that evening. When worship ended, I was with Artiom. I sent him along with some other boys to the vans to wait for me while I spoke to Petru. When I found Petru wandering, his arms were completely covering his face and he was crying into his elbows. Denis and I, as well as one of the older girls at the camp whose name I never got, took Petru aside and tried to talk to him. But Petru refused to lower his arms. I took out the Frisbee and laid it in his lap, and I told him it was a gift for him. I told him that even if the Frisbee broke or got lost or was stolen, it didn't matter. What mattered was that I cared for him and that I would be praying for him. The girl was in tears, pleading with Petru to lower his arms, but he wouldn't. All I wanted was a hug before I left and to see his face one last time. I think he was crying harder, but his tears still fell inside his elbows. I put my arms around him and told him good bye. I used the Moldovan word for good bye that indicated I would not be coming back. "La revedereh, Petru." I said it a few times, then walked away. Denis and I were the last to reach the vans. I placed my bags on my van, then came back out to say goodbye to all the kids. I had Artiom and others write down their first and last names so I could write them letters. One little boy, Avram, was bawling his eyes out, soaking his little blue shirt with tears. I barely even spent time with him all week, but Denis said the boy did this with every group that came to the camp. Still, I got his name and gave him a hug. I got Seergiu's name, and his twin brother, Jon's. Everyone else was on the vans, and even Denis went to get on his. I made my way to the door of my van and sat my notebook inside. Instead of stepping in, I took one last moment to turn and look at all the kids. The exact second I completed the turn, my body was shaken from the waist down by some kid latching on for one last hug. I assumed it was Avram, because he was the only one of my boys there who was that small. But when I looked down, I saw a little dark haired boy in a white t-shirt. I wonder if Petru could feel the salty drops of water that cascaded from my eyes and splashed on the top of his little head. I hugged him tightly, I stepped on the van, and we drove away from the orphans. I wonder how he's doing, wonder if he's putting that Frisbee to good use. I've kept my promise to pray for him, and I hope he remembers how much I care about him. I wonder if Petru can feel the tears that are falling now.