Life imitates life

Life imitates life

In 2008, my son, Hanson, participated in a “writers in the schools” project that involved 23 Seattle public schools. The students’ prose and poetry was published in an anthology that was unveiled at the Seattle Art Museum during a gala evening of readings and book signings by the young authors. The writings offer an amazing glimpse into the minds and hearts of the students.

One, in particular, stays with me, because it is a reminder of how injustice and marginalization are often met by courage, resilience, and love.

“It Was Taken Some Time Ago” by Isiah T. is often the subject of conversations I have with Hanson. It’s not easy to explain how 15 year old Isiah, who is essentially a stranger to us, seems so familiar, but I want Hanson to understand that, if we are willing to dig, we will most certainly find common ground.

So I talk, and he listens, and this is how it goes.

Nan Stoops
Nan Stoops
Field Liaison
Resonance Network

Nan Stoops has worked in the anti-violence movement as an advocate, trainer, and organizer for more than 40 years. She is a Strategic Advisor of the Washington State Coalition Against Domestic Violence (WSCADV), where she served as the Executive Director for 17 years. Learn More

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