The Official Writing Challenge
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The framework of the chat room really works on this piece! We knew someone in a similar situation, a Cambodian doctor who came here as a refugee and had to work for a while as an orderly. Good job, I felt as if I knew Tanya very well by the time I was done reading.
To be honest, I found this story a bit confusing because I was thinking the MC was a male who had a romantic attachment with Tanya. Then I started realizing who the author was ;-) and realized I had it all wrong and had to reread it, hehe! On the second read it was a touching story.
I was intrigued by the framing of this! A neat technique. A very engaging story.
The format worked well and added dimension here. I loved the different layers of this - especially the humbleness of Tanya for her daughter.

Where I grew up during the Cuban Crisis in South Florida, I worked along side doctors, lawyers and such in the packing houses we had, to grade and pack up food. A humble way to start a new life of freedom.

Well done Suz! I love your stories that have that element of 'a slice of life' about them!
Great format gets the message across concisely. Can relate to this also. We had a guy in our church who had been a Nuclear Physicist in Russia. Spoke great English. Came to Australia and worked as a lab assistant. Such a waste. But for him and his family the freedom in the west to worship and study what you wanted and be what you wanted made it all worthwhile. In the end, though, it's always good to have pointed out that we shouldn't treat people differently on the basis their employment, lowly or otherwise.

I love the way you write. Because I'm a beginner MSN chatter it took me a little longer to read the conversations, however what you wrote in the middle was captivating and, as always with your writing style, I was intrigued by your point of view and perspective. Your Father's heart of love for all His children is so evident in your articles! This reading has blessed my heart today, Suzanne. Thank you.