"Stories can conquer fear," Nigerian novelist Ben Okri once said. "They can make the heart bigger." There's a world of truth to that statement. As someone who comes from a long line of storytellers, I've always said that our lives are just long and rich stories, knit together over the years, that tell us not only about ourselves, but the human condition, as well.
My husband and I are constantly struggling to get our children to realize how lucky they are to be living in the U.S. Prior to moving here, we spent five years living in China and traveling Asia, where we saw extreme poverty and witnessed many of the issues that children in developing countries face.