The quiet young woman stood on my front porch
One evening as I came home
Dog walking beside me.
He little son was playing in the grass.
She was approaching the home of a stranger
Asking if we would give her shelter
A friend of hers had seen our trailer in the yard…
Knew no one was living in it…
Apple translate (love it or hate it) was our new friend –
She showed me how to find the program
So we could bash a hole in the language barrier
And give us a space to peek through at a path to walk together
I woke my husband to join the conversation
He got a neighbor to help translate
And suddenly, we had a temporary new neighbor
Who would have a place to sleep for a few weeks.
Our new friend has moved on
But my respect for her courage remains.
To leave your homeland with nothing but hope…
A very hard journey behind her and ahead of her as well.