I sit down, but then I get up. I go to sleep, but then I get up again.
Then I am trying to stay on my bed. I imagine about my life in
America, living at home with my sister Pisey Donlevy and my informal adopted
parents Bill and Patti Donlevy, and at Wheaton College. I am the
luckiest Cambodian person; I am.
Either at home or at school in America, I have plenty of clothes to
wear. I have more than enough clean water to take showers and to drink.
I have a job to earn income. I have number one rice in my pot to cook
for my breakfast, lunch, and dinner. I have a room to live and sleep in
without worrying if there are snakes, scorpions, or other poisonous
animals crawling to bite me. Even rain does not wet me when I go to
sleep. I sleep peacefully on my soft bed. My bed does not hurt my back
either; it is wonderful!
It is the opposite if I were one of many million children in
Cambodia right now. They live in suffering; they live with nothing; they
live with no hope or opportunity. Some of them cannot go to school at
all. Some are forced to work in the rice field with their parents. Some
are forced to sell their bodies at night to earn money. Some are forced
to run away from the country to seek jobs trying to help out
family. Some sacrifice their dreams to fulfill their parents’ wishes by
getting married at a young age. What am I doing in the United States? I
hide away from those suffering by concentrating on my education at
Wheaton College. Do I care about those suffering? Yes, absolutely! I do
care. I saw the suffering with my both eyes, touching my heart forever.
Both emotional and spiritual, my painful voice keeps calling me to go
back to help them out.
I am the luckiest person because I have friends who like/love me. I have
many teachers and professors who provide me knowledge and education. I
have mentors, deans, and many other wonderful people in Attleboro and
Norton support me. I am grateful for every single help that I receive. I am
honored to meet and have known so many kind people in the United States.
I am super happy to live and study in the United States. I will
continue to do my best. I am the luckiest person. At night, I do not
see any fired bullets fly over my head or soldiers shot, because I live
in America. America gives me security, peace, freedom, opportunity,
love, and independence. I love America. I love Attleboro. I love Norton.
I love Attleboro High School. I love Bristol Community College. More to
come, I love Wheaton College. Thank you to EVERYONE who has helped and
supported me since I have known you. I appreciate it very much.