Before tonight, I didn’t know what the musical Miss Saigon was about. Rather poor for someone who loves musicals.

Having recently enjoyed a concert by Lea Salonga, the original Kim from Miss Saigon, I was curious – and read up on the musical on Wikipedia.

The result? My husband walked into the room to find me in tears.

Having come from a place where conflict and poverty is a reality, and people covet any entrée into peaceful countries like the U.K and the U.S.A – and moreover being a mother myself – the story of Kim and her son Tam hit me in the gut.

Explaining why I was so deeply moved to my husband while within earshot of our children was a challenge, requiring a lot of coding. We generally welcome our kids’ active participation in conversations at home, but of course this wasn’t appropriate – the themes in Miss Saigon are almost without exception adult.

Thankfully, the conversation turned to the need to care for children who are struggling with poverty.

Something our kids could relate to, and enthusiastically talked about. Excellent – I had been wondering recently how to inspire our kids to actively think about this.

We spent several precious minutes talking about what we could do, in our own ways, to help.

My kids were all for giving out food, toys and money. Which in turn led to some thinking about what would happen when those commodities ran out – and maybe we weren’t around, or weren’t able, to send more of the same.

Which in turn led to a conversation about giving that supports sustainability and self-sufficiency.

From Miss Saigon to sustainability.

Sometimes it’s about letting conversation happen.

2 Responses to “From Miss Saigon to Sustainability”

  1. I hear you! We have these kinds of conversation frequently in our house… here’s a similar one – http://thelinkbetween.wordpres...../#more-460

  2. Hi Jody, and thanks for dropping by again! Yes, I remember reading that post on your blog years ago. I have been fascinated in my birth country by how the people just get on with day to day stuff with all the trappings of war around them. And, most of all, how do you explain that to your kids who come in from outside, from a very different and relatively peaceful place?
    Take care!

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