The Syrian Princess

A former student and a wonderful young woman

kindly kate

“Recognize yourself in he and she who are not like you and me.” 

― Carlos Fuentes 

I have always been a sincerely empathetic person; it gets the best and worst of me. Yesterday, the empathy I felt triggered both parallels. I evaluated who I was because of one nine-year-old girl, and thought deeply about how I could be more like her.

I boarded my first flight of the day completely exhausted. There were two girls sitting next to me. The women, no more than 25, sitting on the aisle was carrying three bags and looked utterly exhausted. The little girl, in the middle, was carrying a toy purse and an emoji pillow. I glanced over and noticed extreme scarring on the little girl’s face. She was blind, and it was obvious it was from an accident.

I reached over and grabbed her hand and asked her name. The women on…

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