I was lucky. I was born to middle class parents in the United States. I’m not saying we had it easy, because I know it was hard for my parents to provide for me and my sister. But we were very lucky.
We received our vaccinations when we were young, so we grew up without contracting serious, life threatening diseases like measles and polio. Clean, safe water arrived in our home as if by magic every time we turned on a faucet. All we had to do was flush a toilet and put our garbage out on the curb, and we could keep our homes and neighborhoods clean and disease free. I arrived to school each morning to a classroom where a qualified teacher helped me learn. By and large, my parents could count on the rule of law, and they didn’t have to spend their hard earned money on things like bribes. They could deposit their money in a bank where it was safe from theft. As we grew up, we lived in the same stable home in a country with a stable government, so we didn’t need to leave our possessions behind and flee for our lives. Even though we are women, my sister and I went to college.
Yes, we were very lucky. So much luckier than others who, just because they were born in a different country, didn’t have the opportunity to get those things. Somewhere right now, a girl is denied an education because she is a girl. Somewhere right now, a mother is walking miles to bring water back home to her family. Somewhere right now, a child is sick from a disease they got from dirty water. Somewhere right now, a family is packing up what they can carry and fleeing for their lives. Somewhere right now, a gifted child sits in an empty classroom because there is no teacher to teach them. Somewhere right now, a mother is making the difficult choice to put food on the table or to pay a bribe to get her husband out of jail for a crime he didn’t commit.
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