Our friends have arrived, exhausted after flying Bangkok-Tokyo-LA-Seattle ... The 3 gloriously gorgeous children slept on the 'plane, and on arriving bounced on the trampoline, rocked on the rocking horse, rode on the trikes and fought with the toy swords. Now they're excitedly talking nineteen-to-the-dozen in Karen.
Mother, who is wonderful, speaks just a little English, and said to me 'My Friend Megan', with a beautiful smile on her face. And I said 'My friend P...' (We've been asked to keep names confidential) She reminds me of Ranee, Victor's Mum, and is gentle and caring in a similar manner.
Our guests are Karen, like Victor, and joined in when I sang 'Si Podre wa', a song Victor and his family taught us at Rachel and Victor's wedding. I was wearing my Karen clothes, and so was P. Mine were pinned, and she showed me how to wrap it without pins. It stayed up for about 5 minutes, and then began to slip off....
It is such a wonderful honour to have them staying with us. They are so full of love and joy, after all they've been through. They are Burmese Karen, and have been in a refugee camp in Thailand for a long while before coming here, to their new home. They'll be with us 12 days, and then an apartment will be ready for them.
I love them already! It is such a gift to us to be getting to know them. The 5 children, their 3 and our 2, are playing up a storm! And Bens and Father are the same age. He taught Bens the meaning, in Karen, of all their names, word by word.
1 month ago