Last year at this time I was reading aloud Pam Munos Ryan’s book Echo to my 3rd graders. We cheered as we watched the live stream of the ALA awards when it won a Newbery honor. I wrote about it HERE where I summarized it being about “terrible times in history – 1933 Germany and the rise of the Nazi Parry, 1935 USA and the struggle of orphans in America during the Depression and 1942 California and the story of the Japanese Internment Camp.”
I also included this in that summary: Music played on a shared harmonica as this thought is recalled: “Even in the darkest night, a star will shine. A bell will chime. A path will be revealed.”
Today, just eleven days into a new Presidency in the US, I do see many stars shining. I do hear many protest voices chiming. I hear the voice of my last President saying “Keep hope alive”. The path was revealed for Fredrick, Mike and Ivy. I want it to be revealed for the US today. I think I may reread Echo. Last year, it just seemed like a story of long ago.