Wednesday, July 4, 2007

Reflections on the 4th


As we celebrate Independence Day, I can't help but compare our lives here in Clarion County with those of the characters in Hosseini's A Thousand Splendid Suns. This powerful novel, by the author of The Kite Runner, chronicles the intertwining lives of two women over a period of three decades. I highly recommend that you add this book to your summer reading list.

Although a work of fiction, the novel was a history lesson for me as it described daily life in Afghanistan from the time of the Soviet invasion through the overthrow of the Taliban. Unlike the women in the story, I can work at a job I enjoy, offer my opinions publicly, and move through the country unescorted by a male. My children have plenty to eat, and I don't lie awake wondering if this will be the night a bomb finds our home.

My thanks go to our military men and women stationed all over the world who put their lives at risk to ensure that I do have these rights and this quality of life! If I remember correctly, we had a student teacher at Keystone several years ago (with Doug Best?) whose family had escaped the unbearable conditions in Afghanistan during the Soviet invasion. I wonder if she and her family are still in the U. S. or whether they were able to return to their homeland.


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