What have you learned from each other?
Susan: That every day is a miracle.
Eva: When somebody tells you who they are or what they want in life, believe them!
Favorite memory from Eva’s childhood…
Susan: The first time she managed to pull herself up to standing in her crib…her face showed wonder and empowerment.
Eva: On our birthdays when we woke up, my mom would have tied the end of a ball of string to our bedpost that trailed all over the house. We would follow it to find our presents in the bathtub, in a cupboard, behind a plant…. It was an adventure. It made our day so much more special.
The key to getting the next generation socially aware is…
Susan: To educate them. Put faces on the issues, then give them the means to follow through once their imaginations and empathy have been activated. Please spotlight Somaly Mam — who is mother to so many.
Eva: Philanthropy is something you can work in to your everyday life. Donate toys, canned goods or clothes to a local drive. Donate your time to a local soup kitchen or shelter. It doesn’t have to be every day or some grand gesture. It’s important to be aware of your community and to do what you can.