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I lost my heart to this young lady.  She lost her father and mother in the earthquake.  She and her sister were living in a tent with their Uncle and his family.
 
Over the course of a few days, we got to know one another.  Her Uncle, saddened by the family loss, did his best to make the girls feel safe and loved.
 
I was humbled by his love and caring and openness.  He shared with me his hospitality and I did everything I could to help, though this really amounted to very little.
 
I remember thinking that I would like to adopt these young ladies, to provide for them and give them the opportunities available in the West.  Thinking about it and in hindsight, I wish I had, but at the time, all I could think of is the tightness of their extended family and the life they knew.  The knew no other.
 
I tried to keep in touch with this family through the Red Cross and other relief organizations.  Last I heard, they moved further south and away from the Pakistan-India border.
 
I will never forget this young lady.  Often, when I look into the view finder of a camera, I still see her smiling, beaming face and feel her strength of spirit amidst the adversity and tragedy she survived.
 
Throughout my own difficulties, I have been reminded of her soulful, loving nature and it has brought me courage to face my own trials.
 
 

 

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The light of life shines through adversity, if one has the strength to accept responsibility for the gift.

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