My friend, Dawn, (Tales from the motherland) has written an incredibly powerful post today. It’s written with passion and integrity. I hope you take the time to read it. Lisa
Seems a quirky thought, but not so. Day after day, I struggle with my 16 year old to get him to do his homework. In our home, education is a given. It’s never been if you go to college, but where will you go to college. We argue constantly about school: his grades, assignments due, academic expectations. I cajole and demand about getting up each morning to go to school. If he could stay home and sleep in, he would. Most days. Did you check the (math teacher’s) web page? I ask daily. “Yeah! I know!” He snarls in return. Did you read Huck Finn and take your notes? I push. “OK Mom! Geez!” He growls. Did anyone threaten to shoot you for going to school today? Are you worrying about me being beheaded for making you go? I asked today. It threw him for a loop. He looked at…
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I read this story yesterday. I’m pretty sure the appalled expression hasn’t quite faded from my face yet.
I only hope that every other girl and minority and second class citizen in the world follows her example and just overwhelms the oppressors with sheer numbers.
Amen to that. It’s so incomprehensible. This girl is like a light shining in the middle of all that darkness. It blows me away.
The more I read about the world lately, the more I think we’re doing it wrong.
Not near enough people like her.
Hi Grippy! I will give this a read — always happy to explore and find a new blogger friend. Have a wonderful weekend, my friend.
Thanks Brig! This post is really well written. Dawn is somebody I think you’d enjoy quite a bit. She’s a writer, as well. This is such a tragic story but she writes about in just the right way.
Hope you have a great weekend, too!
People have been talking about this on fb — awful. It made me think, putting myself in that position. I will also read this.
Hey Sandee. It’s hard to comprehend this story given our cushy little existence. It’s impossible for me to wrap my head around the idea that children are going to school and being shot at FOR GOING TO SCHOOL. What a dark existence they must endure… It puts everything in perspective. Not a happy friday post but an important one.
Have a good weekend!
It is hard to believe that anyone with more than two brain cells to rub together would really believe that such dictates, and such despicable acts to enforce them, are condoned by their religion. Such fundamentalists have minds so seriously diseased that they should all be exterminated like rabid dogs.
I agree, whole heartedly.