Reader Responses

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Bloggers Note: As always, I have greatly appreciated the reader responses to my posts. I want to highlight a few of these from this past week as I believe they will resonate with other readers.

Sabr Jameel – weavingtapestries writes: I have not come across Sabr jameel much, but whenever something bad happens, I do often hear the Arabs say Allah Kareem.Innallalah ma sa’abireen . ‘God is with the patient, says the Qur’an.Patience is hard yet the fruits of patience are so sweet.’ In today’s world of instant gratification, how long does the pleasure truly last? When we have longed for something and waited for it and worked for it, how sweet it is to finally possess it.

Remember the Ladies – celebrating national woman’s day my mom, an incredible role model writes: “May God have mercy on the millions of women around the world who have no voice and know nothing of an International Women’s Day! And on us who so easily forget them and take our own privileges and freedoms for granted.”

Bright Pink Razais – a fabulous post by guest author Robynn Bliss brought many comments. Nancy writes “Fluidity is all too often disconcerting to me personally, and I am glad for your reminders that there is no escaping it. As a third culture citizen myself, it took me awhile (longer than I certainly wished) to recognize that I had developed my own core–a fairly confident sense of my own individuality. I am mostly grateful for how organic that core feels now. There’s hardly a day goes by that I don’t respect and value my desire and need for a sense of community, where there is laughter, friendship, justice, love–which means there is openness to seeing others and their perspectives.”

In Leaving for London, Patti, who has taken in foster children for many years bringing security and love into some of the hardest situations I can imagine says this: “And I also think of foster care. The children have unresolved grief, as they move from home to home and never really understand why. And we as foster parents have such heartache and tears when they leave our homes, sometimes swearing to never do that again…..but we do. “Trying to work through the complexity of being willing to get to know someone only to let them go is a challenge in this context. The tendency at points is feeling it’s not worth while”…..Oh but it is worthwhile.”

Lastly, my post on Identity Theft brought insight from various people. A reminder from Leslianne says “But think of this: You come from God’s heart. That is your home — and God’s heart is everywhere. You can claim whatever ‘place’ you like as your place of origin (and being conceived on the Queen Mary, you’re gonna need latitude and longitude!).” My neice Melanie makes this insightful comment “I felt even more confused because I didn’t live “long enough” in Pak to be a “real” TCK so it felt like I was excluded even from that group. Yet, growing up as the daughter of two TCKs you ARE a TCK whether or not you live outside of America.” and lastly Linda expresses this: “Growing up in Mississippi, many times I would hate to admit that was my home State because of the poor image the media gave to Mississippi. The Civil Right wars; the poverty; the obesity; the lack of a decent education; the Mississippi Delta. Even though I am not a third world kid, so to speak, there were times when I felt like one so I felt your “soul tears”.

All these comments help me process and create the language of dialogue. So – thank you and be warned – you too may end up as a blog post, copyrighted with all rights reserved.

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