We live about three miles from Barron, Wisconsin. Barron has become the home to many Somalians.I am not exactly sure of how they stared to move to Barron, but I do know it had something to do with the employment opportunity they received from the Turkey Store. It has created tension for some, opportunity for some and confusion for many.
My story starts with a little girl named Josie. She is the little sister of my boys friends Drew and McKenna. She is an outgoing little girl, full of love and mischief.
Saturday was our first Soccer game. Sam was busy playing soccer, we were busy watching the game and Josie was busy sharing popcorn.
The soccer game was held on the field located close to the apartment complex that houses most of the Somalian population of Barron. Several of the Somalian children were watching the game or playing with the other kids. Atticus was busy playing with some of the boys and girls. Josie made friends with one of the Somalian girls, they played together, visited and eventually sat in the lawn chair next to me, sharing a bag of popcorn Josie's dad bought her.
I smiled and I thought...it could be that easy. We could simply share a bag of popcorn! If we would let it be that easy. Difference in culture, not understanding each other and putting up walls. Both sides are guilty.
I pray for the Somalian people of Barron. The boys have had opportunity to reach out to some of the kids, they are so receptive and are so thankful for the friendship we show.
Thank you Josie for sharing that bag of popcorn!
Let's not get tired of doing what is good, for at the right time we will reap a harvest - if we do not give up.