January 1, 2012 letter
We've had some really sad experiences with alcohol and abusive husbands and fathers this week. It makes me depressed to think about so I'm not going to write much about it. I've learned the pain that alcohol brings to a family. I've found it includes emotional and physical pain. The Word of Wisdom is powerful.
On a happy note, I have a lot of fun riding my new bike now. I'm super friendly to people while I'm riding along and I like to say hello and funny Cambodian phrases that nobody expects from a foreigner. Even when people look grumpy I still stop to talk to them and try to have a conversation... But, there was this one time I was having a bad day and I was riding my bike back home in silence. Then, all these people started saying hello to me and saying jokes as I was riding home. It was a really happy experience for me. I couldn't go 5 yards without someone saying hello. I love this country and the people I'm serving right now.