Teachers! They are the ones that walk beside us, behind us, and in front of us leading the way, so that one day they will step into our shoes and be the teachers.
The boys seemed to sense the reverence of these war memorials in Poland and Germany, and were certainly affected deeply by the remnants of luggage, shoes and clothing left behind. But I wonder if anything touched them as deeply as the talk their father gave them about the concentration camp introductions? (check out Youtube.com and our facebook today for the video)
When we were in Japan, we also were touched by the museums and affects of the bombing of Hiroshima. But things become more personal when a name or photo was attached to the story. Ron took the time to read to the boys as they bedded down on the floors of the hostel in Japan. He chose the story of Sadako Sasaki, who was just 2 when the atomic bomb dropped in her city. At 12, she was diagnosed with leukemia from radiation — referred to in Japan as the ‘atom bomb disease.’ Sadako took on the task of folding 1000 paper cranes, according to the Japanese legend that 1000 paper cranes would allow a wish to be granted. Her wish was to live. Although Sadako only folded 644 before she died, her life is a legacy and tribute thanks to her friends and family who exceeded her task, raising a statue in her honor, publishing a book of letters about those who died from result of the A-bomb and placing her paper cranes of hope at the NYC 9/11 Memorial, at Pear Harbor, the Museum of Tolerance, in other places of honor.
“At the foot of the statue (of Sadako) is a plaque that reads: “This is our prayer. This is our cry. Peace on Earth.”
Make history come alive for your child. It takes time. It takes creativity. It takes knowledge. It takes love. Be a teacher.