July 6, 2004

Empty Feet

During my Fourth of July hanging out with my new friends the political refugees (how many people can say that?), I heard something both heartwarming and heartbreaking. I was talking to Eileen, a six year old from Cameroon who's been in this country for about nine months. We were discussing what she liked and didn't like about Cameroon. At one point, she said:

"At school they only give you bread and water and most of the people have empty feet."

Empty feet. It hit me a few seconds later - no shoes. Interesting the way some people verbalize things. Then I gave her my digital camera which was the most fun thing ever. She's responsible for most of the Fourth Of July photos I'll post sometime this week. They're blurry but otherwise pretty good.

Posted by Chris at July 6, 2004 7:47 PM

That is a lot cooler than what we did for the 4th (stayed inside away from the heat and tourists) ... looking forward to see the pictures.

Posted by: LOUP at July 6, 2004 7:54 PM

She is adorable!

Posted by: Another Pam at July 6, 2004 9:05 PM

Off topic..I notice you've listened to Velvet Revolver. IS IT GREAT? I LOVED Stone TEmple Pilots when Scott WYLAND was just Weiland. LOVED them. And I like VR's first single. Is the whole album any good?

Posted by: Another Pam at July 6, 2004 9:08 PM

Love this picture, and the hearts behind it!!!

Posted by: Amber at July 6, 2004 9:11 PM

Thats a powerful way to phrase that - and a GREAT picture by the way.

Posted by: Zoot at July 6, 2004 10:15 PM

gorgeous girl

Posted by: chlamygirl at July 6, 2004 10:24 PM

That's really interesting. In college, I lived for three years with a roommate who had been a Vietnamese refugee. I noticed that she was fabulous at defining words in very unique ways that made a lot of sense. She was absolutely brilliant, and knew a lot of words, and whenever people encountered a new word while reading, they would come to her before they consulted a dictionary.

I never really understood it, but I always thought it had to do with the way she'd learned the language later in life, and, while she was learning, tried to think of familiar concepts in terms of her limited vocabulary. In any event, her way of verbalizing things was always unique, and I learned a lot from listening to her.

Great picture, by the way!

Posted by: Claire at July 6, 2004 11:57 PM

THAT, is a beautiful photo!

Posted by: GranolaSpice at July 7, 2004 12:36 AM

Chris, that is so precious. She sounds like a wonderful little girl. "Empty feet"...wow.

Posted by: Zandria at July 7, 2004 12:40 AM

I let my 6 year old cousin take my camera on the fourth :) I had some pretty decent pictures. When my 4 year old cousin decided to take some though they werent quite so good lol we had some cut off heads and the like.

Posted by: Katie at July 7, 2004 3:12 AM

Aww that's so sweet :-)

Posted by: Tjej at July 7, 2004 5:50 AM

Beautiful photo! Is that your WIFE?!! She's go-go-GORgeous. And we could all learn alot from refugees--thanks for sharing.

Posted by: bluepoppy at July 7, 2004 7:29 AM

Nice picture!!

Posted by: JustAgirl at July 7, 2004 7:30 AM

You meet the most amazing people!

Posted by: Lisa at July 7, 2004 9:06 AM

What a story as you indicate heartwarming and heartbreaking....Through the eyes of a child but what a way to reach so many....empty feet.

Having read that here I hope you might take the time to go look at the site I am hosting for a wonderful Sgt. It is called Operation Shoe Fly.....


The story he told tore at my heart so I hope what little I do with him makes his Operation a Big Success.

Posted by: Sweet N Sassy at July 7, 2004 9:26 AM


Posted by: katherine at July 7, 2004 11:22 AM

There is a man doing an Operation Shoe Fly... to put shoes on the feet of the children in Iraq.
This is the link to that...

Posted by: Cammie at July 7, 2004 4:05 PM