Common {Five Minute Friday}

by in Family and Faith

Five minutes of free write on a given one-word prompt with Five Minute Friday. See more linked posts here.


It wasn’t hard for me to imagine myself in her shoes. We’re moms — we both have a five-year-old and a three-year-old.

She is a refugee.

She was waiting for some tea during a break in our ELL class, and she told me- after some guessing and gesturing- that her daughter had highly elevated levels of lead in her blood. My heart broke for her, as her face shown with confusion and defeat. I asked questions, and later, tried to find some information on her tenant rights. I’m often struck by how complicated and unclear things are to me, a native, lifelong english speaker. I couldn’t imagine how much more confusing it must have been to her.

But there was much I could understand. I could understand her frustration as a mom. I could understand how badly she wanted to know how to help her daughter.

The doctors told her to try to keep her kids from touching the walls and the floor. As a mom, I understood just how ridiculous that sounded.

There was no real solution to her situation, and as soon as she was legally allowed to work, she found a job and could no longer attend the ELL class. We texted some – back and forth. About our kids. About life. Because though we are different, there is so much we have in common.


  1. Somer November 11, 2016

    How heartbreaking. This is a powerful little picture into yet another persons burdens and story. Thank U

  2. Kaitlin November 11, 2016

    Wow, so true. It’s amazing how we can be from completely different worlds, cultures, backgrounds and even speak different languages yet have so much in common when it comes to just being human. This is a timely message for a Nation that feels so divided at the moment- but like you said, we still have so much in common. Thanks for sharing this sweet story! 🙂

    #44 from Five Minute Friday


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