Today I got invited to the house of one of the children in the neighborhood I tutor. I’ve never been invited to a birthday party like that before. It made me feel like I was part of the world and the world was part of me. We played with the balloons and I learned Arabic. We watched the Syrian news and I got a book read to me. We are going to MOSI next week as a late birthday gift because I’m not sure what kids like as gifts anymore so he picked. I’m not sure if he enjoyed his birthday because there were only his tutors and teachers there but I’m not sure what the rest of my life would be like without this memory. Nations do not exist. People do, love does, the earth does. We are of the earth and the earth lives in us. No human being is illegal.

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