Hello friends! I have a much lighter note for today’s celebration of Black History Month! (*I originally thought that I only had 9 days done and this was 10th post… either way.. enjoy *smile*)
As I reflect on my parents’ survival through the Khmer Rouge and the Regime of Pol Pot in Cambodia, I am so grateful they are alive today. Now, it’s an incredible fact that my parents had 11 children and I am one of the younger ones born in the United States…I think about 1) they could have chosen another nation 2) they could have chosen another state and city 3)they could have easily not had us…*my mom had health issues and she had me when she was 41!
Not only are they alive but I would venture to say they are healthy and thriving. My parents are now in the 70’s and keep a decent life caring for grandkids and tending to their home which they share with my brother and his family.
My parents are people of faith and hope. I am grateful for their upbringing and them raising us in with hope and faith because for any one person to experience trauma, tragedy, and violence to their nation and people, healing can be slow and for some impossible.
I love what I am learning about Black History… since it’s the tenth day of us celebrating here… I have a link for ten things about the black community: http://www.pbs.org/black-culture/explore/10-black-history-little-known-facts/
As you and I are learning about different figures in history, may it be a place of addressing traumas, moving towards healing, and then coming up with a plan to spread hope.
May God be with you.