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February 15, 2011

For Sergey and the others . . .

Filed under: Personal — Tags: — llcall @ 4:00 pm

Tonight while brushing my teeth, I was scrolling through my Google Reader when I came upon this recent blog post from my friend Lauren, who linked to her friends’ website.  I’m reading their story about working to adopt an orphan from Russia and trying not to get all weepy because it’s really awkward to be brushing your teeth and crying and wiping the resultant drippy nose all at the same time (this is a more frequent occurrence for me than one might expect) (and I did get all weepy, by the way, because that’s just the way I roll) (and I did just do a ridiculous double, now triple parenthetical).  I felt so moved by the story of Sergey that I got right on PayPal and sponsored a puzzle piece, part of their clever fundraiser/gift for Sergey.

I’m not sure if I’ve mentioned it on here before but my first year out of college I did a year of volunteer Americorps service with CORE: Coalition for Residential Education.  The organization’s  mission is to advocate for boarding schools for disadvantaged youth, particularly youth in foster care who are unlikely to find permanent family placements and will eventually “age out of the system” with little to no support.  During the years I worked at CORE, I met a number of youth who were currently or previously in foster care.  I became close with one young woman in particular who told me that no one bought her a toothbrush or taught her how to use one until she was 11 years old.  I thought of her again when I read about Sergey’s insecurities and low self-esteem.  The subtext of what she was telling me was, no one cared enough about me to tell me to brush my teeth for 11 years.  It’s tough to feel that way; it’s tougher when it’s basically true.

I wish a $10 puzzle piece could make a difference in all the suffering in the world.  But I guess we do what we can when the opportunity arises.



  1. Ah – thank you so much! I know it’s so appreciated by EJ, Ashley and Sergey! I’m thankful to have friends who are moved to help!

    Comment by Lauren — February 15, 2011 @ 11:32 pm

  2. Your parentheses don’t phase me. I’m horrible with parentheses!

    Comment by vblanchard — February 17, 2011 @ 11:57 pm

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