Letter to a Childless Mother

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Leah Davidson
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II’m seventeen now, if you recall. When flower shops filled with young girls purchasing carnations for their mothers in May, could you identify my tanned face, slant eyes, and dark hair in the crowd - or did you see only a mass of identical twins? Did you mark on the calendar the senior prom you would never attend? As the neighborhood children grew restless and learned their letters, I wonder if you remembered I wanted to enter primary school. I wanted to wrap my tiny, crooked fingers around you...


We All Bleed Red

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People cross the street, casting judgments. He’s a murderer. She’s a princess. He’s depressed. She’s a nerd. He’s a loser. She’s too thin. He’s dying. She’s destitute. In invisible bubbles, they walk past each other, forcing rankings in an imaginary hierarchy, as if they actually know the truth. Neighbors ask “How are you?” without truly listening to the answer, content with the categories they have manufactured and the division lines they have drawn in their minds.But strangers’ stories can n...


Earth's Last Request

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Dear ______,When you were little, I used to watch you from afar. I watched you learn about me. You were so fascinated, so curious. Your eyes would widen in excitement as you chased a dragonfly through the fields and skipped stones across the pond. Your tiny footsteps left their imprint in the earthy veins of my heart. As you grew up, you had such big dreams. Instead of camping outside and roasting dinner over an open fire, you saw other people staying at fancy resorts with gourmet chefs and gre...


Life Without Limits

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You ask your mother when you will be tall enough to ride the roller coaster at the fair. She says next summer. You ask your aunt when you can wear make-up. She tells you that you do not need it; you are perfect just the way you are – you do not believe her. You cannot cross the road on your own or paint without supervision. You must drink your milk before leaving the kitchen table. You watch the big kids who ride bikes without training wheels with envy. Why do they get to stay up until 10 pm?Rel...


A Planet to Call Home

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Home.When you hear this word – often associated with the verbs “going” or “coming” – it evokes certain smells, sounds, sights, and emotions. Maybe the aroma of freshly baked apple pie, the rhythm of your father’s footsteps at the back door or the excitement of waking up early on Christmas morning to open stockings.From an early age, I have had trouble defining home. I was adopted from China at the age of nine months. For as long as I can remember, people have tied a country of which I neither sp...


Everybody Thirsts

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“Leah, are you ready for your swimming lesson?” My mom’s voice reverberates through the house. I am three years old and water is my best friend on this hot summer afternoon. Each day, I am learning to trust it more – to let it support my weight as I float on the surface, catch me when I jump off the diving board, and push my body to the other side of the pool. Years later, travel takes me around the world – to water in its many different forms. First comes the flight up into cl...


The Environment through the Eyes of a Grapheme-Color Synesthete

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Ever since I was a little girl, I have seen words in color. The slithering green of nemesis. The placid golden stripes adorning serendipity. Writing taught me that the heart can sing and soar, break and drop. Through words, I spilled cans of paint, one by one, until the sky filled with every hue and shade, and I could fly - light, emboldened, and free. *** The world is inherently so colorful. Many people say that nature is green like plants, grass, trees, and flower buds burst...


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    I was born in Shaoyang, China, grew up in Quebec, Canada, and graduated from the Wharton School of Business, University of Pennsylvania. I currently work as a business consultant in Washington DC. I have been recognized as one of the Top 20 Under 20 in Canada, Top 25 Environmentalists Under 25, and one of the Top Teen Philanthropists. I have worked on projects with the UN and World Economic Forum.


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