This Thursday and Friday are conferences here at our school. The parent’s organization has set up a book fair in the lobby of the school and I got caught by a book as I walked through this morning. It was a deceptively sweet looking picture book with a slightly kooky title: 15 Cows for America. I walked past the table and saw that our admissions director was weeping as she read it. So of course I picked up one of the copies. It was a straightforward story, told in clear, simple prose. A young Masi man returns home after studying medicine in the United States. The events of 9/11 are in recent past and the young man tells the Masi what happened. They are moved and make a gift to the people of the United States. The line at the end of the book brought tears to my eyes:
“Because there is no nation so powerful it cannot be wounded.
Nor a people so small they cannot offer mighty comfort.”
-from 14 cows for America by Carmen Agra Deedy and Wilson Kimeli Naiyomh
We are so connected to each other, even without the Internet, here on our violent blue jewel.