The news of an immigrant and refugee ban was searing. Frustration, anger, sadness, concern, and heartache flooded my senses all at once. My writing notebook became a safe haven, and I turned to Twitter and Facebook to find community and healing. I began reading books and articles that would deepen my awareness of the issues surrounding the legislation. Like many times before, I had turned to literacy for understanding, for consolation. Words finally coalesced into paragraphs, and within a matter of days, an article took shape in my notebook.
Todd Nesloney, co-author of the widely successful book Kids Deserve It, asked me to author an article for his blog several weeks ago. At the time, I had considered writing about classroom environments, delineating the need for essential questions, expectations, daily agendas, and so on. That wasn’t what I needed, and it was definitely not what everyone else needed, considering current events. We Are All Immigrants was the title I gave to the article, and it is a representation of my heart.
In deference to Mr. Nesloney and the Kids Deserve It blog, I will provide the link; I ask that you go to the blog and read the full text there. I am not a world-renowned author or someone who has gained immense success; however, I deeply care about people. I believe in the power of books and the benefits of a literate life. There is great understanding and healing that anyone can glean from reading. If I didn’t believe it, I wouldn’t write about it so passionately. Weeks ago, I was reminded that I can take my broken heart and make it into art. That’s all I’ve attempted to do.
Thank you for the support you have given my blog already. I adore each comment and relish the support from the Facebook and Twitter communities. To this day, I still believe that “the greatest of these is love.”
The full text of my article, We Are All Immigrants, can be found here.