She knew it. It was like finding her greatest love and her deepest heartache at the same time. It was soul-wretchedly beautiful, from the inside out, and people around her knew it.
There were two times in Tammy Durand’s life when she threw caution to the wind. The first was when she decided not to get back on the tour bus in Cambodia. The second was when she and her husband, Charlie Pomroy, adopted three Cambodian children.
Eleven years ago, after saving (CAD)$2,000 for a dream adventure voluntourism vacation to East Asia, Tammy came back a forever changed woman. The tour began in Vietnam and was to end in Lao. After volunteering for two days at a Siem Reap Cambodian orphanage, Tammy began making excuses to stay a little longer. She postponed sites to the temples, called Air Canada to re-schedule her flight back. Then it hit her. As the rest of the group was climbing on the tour wagon, Tammy stood outside of it sobbing uncontrollably in the sand. She didn’t want to go. Tammy felt that she belonged right where she was.
“Calm down Tammy,” said one of the tourists, who did not understand. “There’ll be poor kids in the next country. You have paid a lot to be here. You don’t seem to have as much money as the rest of us.”