Moonfire Marion Bridge / Brad (silverplate88) wrote,
Moonfire Marion Bridge / Brad

my dream

since i'm getting much closer to olympia these days [in several ways], it's a fond thing to recall what Rachel told her classmates in an assembly speech in fifth grade, when she was ten years old: this was in 1989 ---

I'm here for other children.
I'm here because I care.
I'm here because children everywhere are suffering and because forty thousand people die each day from hunger.
I'm here because these people are mostly children.

We have got to understand that the poor are all around us and we are ignoring them.
We have got to understand that these deaths are preventable.
We have got to understand that people in third world countries think and care and smile and cry just like us.

We have got to understand that they dream our dreams and we dream theirs.
We have got to understand that they are us; we are them.

My dream is to stop hunger by the year 2000.
My dream is to give the poor a chance.
My dream is to save the 40,000 people who die each day.
My dream can and will come true if we all look into the future and see the light that shines there.

If we ignore hunger, that light will go out.
If we all help and work together, it will grow and burn free with the potential of tomorrow.


i imagine that she never realized, as she talked at assembly that day, that she would hardly live beyond ten more years.... that she would give her life in a war zone following her dream to give the poor a chance. but I realize what it means to be invited to go over into a theatre school in Palestine and teach kids in a war zone not that very far from where she died: kids that are poor and often hungry --- where hunger takes many forms beyond hunger for food --- and who have dreams of seeing the light that shines there. as i dream also ....
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