One of my favorite ornaments on our tree is one we bought for our friend, Sung Ho – An M&M Elvis. He was an IU student and a friend of our oldest son. When he was unable to return to Korea for the Christmas Break, he spent a few days with us. It was meaningful for our family and we are richer for it; however traumatic it might have been for him!
Each year, as we decorate our tree, this ornament reminds me of those days spent with that young man and his gentle spirit and kind heart. He has a family of his own now and is making his way in the world and I couldn’t be happier for him.
I am grateful for Sung Ho and the many others who’ve entered our lives for a season…and will engage us in the years to come. They help enlarge our perspective of the world and make it possible for us to engage the global community. They teach us about life beyond our four walls and help us understand that our way is not the only way. People like Sung Ho, Ayumi, Chijioke, Zhang, and many more have enlightened us, loved us, and guided us into a better understanding of our interconnected life on this tiny planet.