With Love From Cambodia

December 8, 2010

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I recently received a true treasure in the mail. One of the children I met in Cambodia sent me a letter addressed to “Mommy Jan.” Who is Mommy Jan? Mommy Jan in me: “Mommy Jeannine.” Jeannine is a little hard to spell when you don’t know much English. I’ll take Mommy Jan any day!

When I was in Cambodia last year, all of the children called us Mommy and Daddy. If you’re female they call you Mommy. If you’re male they call you Daddy. Imagine all of these beautiful, smiling faces running to you, hugging you tightly and calling you Mommy. It just makes my heart smile to look at their faces and remember their embrace. (Okay, and those of you who know me also know that I’m crying right now!)

Receiving this letter the day after “Black Friday” really put this Holiday season into perspective for me.

Amy Grant sings a Christmas song, “My Grown-up Christmas Wish.” This is my Grown-up Christmas Wish this year . . .

I pray that this smile will always know good health and will never go another day hungry.

I pray that this smile will always be safe.

I pray that this smile will always know days full of pure joy.

I pray that this smile will always know how much she is loved.

I pray that everyone will reach out this Christmas to a child, family, friend or neighbor in need, sharing the gift of compassion and love.

My Grown-up Christmas Wish . . . That I will always remember the true meaning of Christmas. I know that my “Mommy Jan” letter full of love from Cambodia will be the best gift I receive this year.

What is your Grown-up Christmas Wish this year?

Curious what I was doing in Cambodia? You can read all about these lovely children!

Life with Jeannine

{ 2 comments… read them below or add one }

maryanne December 8, 2010 at 8:47 pm

What a wonderful gift!

Jill Mays January 8, 2011 at 5:09 pm

Did you meet Mu Sochua, a member of Cambodian Parliament and a champion of democracy, women’s and children’s rights?
Our group, The CT Council for Vital Voices sponsored her while Sochua came and spoke for 10 days this past November in the greater NY area.

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