Thursday, April 17, 2014

My Chinese Friend Visits America and Then She Gets It

My Chinese friend had just arrived back in China after her first trip to America, her first experience in a Western country.  She came to my home for a visit, as she had done many times before.  But there was something different about this time, as if she looked at me and my home with a whole new perspective.
In the middle of telling me all about her travels, she paused, looked at me for a moment, and then she said it.
You sacrifice a lot to come here for us.”
Her words caught me off guard.  I swallowed hard, blinking at the sudden wetness in my eyes.
I stammered to find a response.  Part of me felt I should brush off her praise.  What we do?  It’s no big deal.      
But to say that would deny the fact that her words felt like a balm.  Someone that I came here for acknowledged the price I pay to come.  I don’t know why I needed to hear those words, but I did.
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