i recently finished the kite runner, by first-time(!) author khaled hosseini. like hotel rwanda, all i can say is, read it. my favorites list definitely has a new leader. sometimes i think, probably due to my randomattentiondisorder, my short-term memory is shot to hell. often i read something and can remember hardly a thing about a day later, even an hour later. not so with the kite runner. certain phrases and images keep popping up unannounced in my thoughts ("for you, a thousand times over" was a line used to maximum emotional effect. and it reminded me every time that God loves me that much and more. wow.) it was so engrossing i kept trying to think of an excuse to ignore my students and fall back into the tumultuous and captivating world of Afghanistan. i had to remind myself again and again that it was a novel not a memoir; the characters and their stories seemed that real.
so i must now reiterate my plea...read this book and go see "hotel rwanda." though i caution doing both in the same week. i feel emotionally drained and tossed around a bit (rather like when you're boogie boarding and you get completely swamped by a wave and end up having sand burns all over your body), but challenged too. this world gets smaller and smaller everyday and there is just so much hurting and needing out there. how can we continue to ignore it or think that someone else will help? i want to be that red cross worker in the movie that helped rescue orphans. i want to be an aid worker teaching persecuted afghani women how to read. but i have to start closer to home and work in the surroundings in which i find myself today. tomorrow? five months from now? well that's a whole different story.