Ana’s Story

September 30, 2007 at 11:55 pm | Posted in Good causes, Inspirational | Leave a comment

Last Friday I was actually home to catch Diane Sawyer’s interview with Jenna Bush, daughter of Pres. Bush, on 20/20. Hubby and I sat riveted to the whole show as she talked about her personal and private life and her latest internship with UNICEF. mostly wanted to talk about what most people would think a journalist would want to talk about: her dad, her mom, her life as the President’s daughter, her famously tough grandmother, and her new engagement. But she brought light to an issue that was near and dear to her heart, working with children who have been stricken by AIDS and poverty.
I think hubby said it best when he said, “I had no idea she was doing such good things, if you left it to the press I would have thought she was just another drunk party girl.” It is interesting to me that if she had not come forward herself to talk about her work with UNICEF that infamous picture of her sticking her tongue out at the press might have been our lasting image of her. I would not have known she has devoted the last few years of her professional life to inner-city school kids as a teacher. In a world of Lindsay Lohans and Paris Hiltons it is nice to see young people using their stature in this world to actually do some good by bringing to light issues that we need to change.

I was most proud of her because she went to work with UNICEF as an intern with no stature and no agenda-she just went. She went through the same process I would have gone through as an intern, she received no special treatment, she did not use her dad’s name- she went on her own merits. When Diane Sawyer asked the families she had worked with for months if they knew who she was, they only replied, “Ms. Jenna”. When she informed them that she was the daughter of the President of the United States they were awestruck. She went, she got her hands dirty, she did the work she was called to do and she wanted no fanfare except to bring light to the situation she wanted to see changed. How inspiring. Shouldn’t we all be challenged to do more in this world? To pass on some of the blessings that we have been given? Isn’t that the best way to spend our time on this earth?

She has written a book, Ana’s Story, about a young teen mother living with AIDS who especially touched her heart. I have already ordered her book – it should be excellent. Bravo to her for making a difference in this world! Bravo to her for setting a good example. Bravo to her for being a responsible human being!

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