in other parts of the world

18 Feb in other parts of the world

Last night was “multicultural night” at B’s school, and we found ourselves wandering the halls, looking at artwork, watching dance performances and saying “in other parts of the world….” many, many times…to which she responded with a little furrowed brow and a waterfall of questions.

How do you explain to a 3-year-old, who by all developmental definitions is completely self- and family-focused, that there is this whole vast world out there that she has no concept of?

I thought about this little guy, pictured above. I met him on a trip to the Mekong Delta in Vietnam in 2006. Such a sweet, sweet, happy kid. He also is very self-focused and is acutely unaware of the world outside his little village and the metal shack he calls home.

I wanted to tell B about him and so I dug out my old travel photos. She said she wants to go on an airplane and meet him.

We’re not heading to Vietnam with the kids anytime soon. But we are applying for their passports today so that we can begin to show them a few little corners of the world. To show them what words are so inadequate to describe at times. 

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