Dear Andi,

It’s tough, in these days, with a polarizing president full of hate & bile, in a country bitter & resentful, to have to work so hard just to prove that you’re still the same, still yarning to unite & get to know people regardless of what they look like.

What it takes is communication. Talking to individuals, hearing their stories & their points of view. We all just want to be heard, to be understood. To quote Voltaire, “I may disagree with what you’re saying, but I will fight to the death for your right to say it.”

And just treating people the way we all want to be treated — the Golden Rule. It may sound simplistic, but just because it’s not complicated doesn’t mean that it doesn’t work. But when you’re in a hurry, when you’re frustrated, when you’re feeling stressed & burdened, it’s difficult to slow down & take a deep breath & pay attention to others. Difficult, but very important.

Writer and storyteller, immigrant, wife, mom, knitter, collector of jokes, lover of cheap, sweet wine.

Writer and storyteller, immigrant, wife, mom, knitter, collector of jokes, lover of cheap, sweet wine.