I am sitting here in my friend Klaus's house in Germany after a very full few days visiting with what I refer to as my German family. There are so many topics that I could write about, but I think I will focus on this: you never know how your decision in the moment might have lasting ripples for so many people.
In 1978, my mother received a call asking if she would be willing to host 3 boys for a week on their way to American exchange programs. The agency through which they were placed was bringing them to the USA a week early, and one would be going to school with my brother. One phone call and she said, "yes." That is how we met Klaus, whom we continued to host for vacations and holidays throughout the year. My mom and I learned basic German when Klaus's parents came over. Then, two years later his sister lived with us for a year, my brother and I spent a summer in Germany, then his second sister came. I could go on and on, but suffice it to say that my children have travelled so much in their lives to connect with their German family, who they consider to be true aunts, uncles and cousins; and Klaus's son, Martin, lived with our family for a year. We are woven together in a tight web like any biological family.
Consider that my parents were raised in the second world war. One call, one yes, and so many lives affected for the better.
What might you say yes to today?
Copyright 2018 Nancy C Murray