Wednesday, April 22, 2009

YAYE for Alicia!

Her water broke today.. as announced via twitter. Congratulations, Alicia!! Can't wait to hear from you when you get back home with the new baby. Seems like only yesterday you were leaving me a comment on my blog.. oh.. wait.. you were.. and now.. you're all.. a parent and all! yaye!

I was thinking about something this morning while I was running. I wish all Americans could move to a third world country to see how people really struggle to even eat. I was running and saw a man and thought, "Man! I wish I were that skinny!" And then I thought about how horrible that thought was and how much I take my life for granted. This man most assuredly wasn't so emaciated by choice. Some of these people here simply don't have the means to even buy food. They work so hard for maybe $1 a day.. maybe. I just thought about how lucky I am to have my English speaking skills that I can have a better life for myself. These people here.. for them.. English IS their ticket out of their situation. English is the global language. No English = no job = no way out of their slums. So I thank Buddha, God, and whoever else for the pure LUCK that I was born in the country I was born in. I have so many opportunities. I think Americans as a culture have become very egocentric, and I truly think every American should see the world and see people outside of their own comfort zone. It's truly eye opening, and it makes me appreciate my life and want to help these people here have the best English they can possibly have.

With that, good night. My twitter updates are below to show the boring day I had. No need to blog about those boring days any more. I'll find other avenues in which to use this blog.





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    3 Comments:

    Blogger Aurelia Joy said...

    So, it's been nine hours since Alicia's water broke. I heard from her 3 hours ago, and she still hadn't had the baby. Hope it's soon!

    I lived in the Philippines for a summer and Malaysia for another summer so I know exactly what you are talking about. Our culture tells us to be egocentric. What's sad is that a lot of people genuinely don't realize the suffering that goes on in most of the world.

    April 22, 2009 at 10:30 PM  
    Blogger MikeInVietnam said...

    Thanks for keeping me updated! I almost named this blog after you because I didn't want you to be jealous that your sister now has two and you have only one. I'll think of some way to squeeze you into a future title.. heh!

    April 22, 2009 at 10:55 PM  
    Blogger A Davila Stephens said...

    yay, a shoutout! Yes...after 18 hours of labor, including 5 hours of pushing , and then finding out the baby's head was facing the wrong way....I FINALLY had a c-section and the long wait is over!

    and I also completely agree with you, that our culture in America is totally egocentric, and our society is totally ignorant of suffering. and I think they want to be, because its just too uncomfortable to think about.
    anyhow...thanks for the blog. Aurelia is so jealous. I know cuz she told me.

    April 27, 2009 at 8:20 AM  

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