Meet Yousef And His Fluffy, Irresistible Cheeks!

I honestly couldn't help myself when I saw Yousef and his cheeks. I'm a pretty disciplined person, and I live a fairly regimented life. But his cuteness overwhelmed me and my discipline went out the window!

I normally wouldn't interact too much with a child in his mother's arms in a conservative place like Fallujah. But Yousef isn't your "normal" kind of cute, either.

Within a short time we were playing peek-a-boo, holding hands, and watching Toy Story on the PLC iPad (thanks for helping us buy such an amazing tool for appeasing sick children in the hospital!).

Nurse Molly and Shannon administered Yousef's sedatives in preparation for his upcoming procedure. He didn't like the taste too much but we were soon back to playing.

As he sat there trying to figure me out—this impossibly white, foreign hairless guy—his meds kicked in.

Have you ever seen kids fall asleep at the dinner table? My parents have a great photo of me face down in mom's spaghetti. Yousef was headed that direction. Sitting up looking me square in the eyes, he would slowly fall over, dozing off. He'd gather himself, sit up, and do it all over again.

I try not to play favorites... but come on! Look at those cheeks! Come back tomorrow to see more of this adorable little boy and to hear how his operation went. More to come...

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About Jeremy Courtney

CEO and founder of Preemptive Love Coalition. Author of Preemptive Love: Pursuing Peace One Heart at a Time. Providing heart surgeries for kids in war-torn countries, delivering emergency aid, and empowering those displaced by violence.

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Meet Yousef And His Fluffy, Irresistible Cheeks!
Meet Yousef And His Fluffy, Irresistible Cheeks!
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