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Margot Page is an outstanding writer, sharing her warmth, humor and compassion in an authentic and highly readable manner. Thank you, "Brain, Child" for continuing to expose us to authors who are intelligent, honest, and insightful.
Margot Page has written a graphic yet lovely portrait of a loving mother who aches to have her children part of the whole planet - I love her descriptions with the "zingers" that punch her article. Those children must be something with her guidance all along.
Anonymous April 3: I am a family friend and you nailed it--her children are something. Absolutely, positively amazing kids. World, watch out!
What courage it takes to live life this way, Wow. And what a great share with the rest of us who are too scared to step out of our comfort zone. Thank you for the journey. - Mardra
Masaya is twinned with a city in the UK called Leicester. The Leicester Masaya Link Group is the charitable organisation who manage the link. You can find out more about their work at http://leicestermasayalink.org.uk/ In 2001 I was lucky enough to visit Masaya while my husband was working for the charity, it is an experience that will stay with me forever, your article brought it right back. Thank you.
Wow, really? Jesus was "dickish"? And tomorrow being Easter and all... I think that's taking it a little too far.
Congratulations, Margot. Beautiful.xoBetsy
Wow. I wish I had something intelligent to say in response but everything pales in comparison to what I just read. I guess I'll just say thank you.
One sign of a good essay is the line the reader can't get out of her head. "Why do I keep having to remember and re-remember this thing I know I know?" Jesus and the oil always bothered me, too (and I teach the history of Christianity). But now I see it from a new angle. You made Nicaragua come alive for someone who has never been there. And the bottom line- about having your kids "live the lecture" but also allowing them to escape, to eat pretzels in the a/c- was a powerful story. Thanks so much for this wonderful essay.
Oh, so many good lines that stick in my mind, as one reader commented in another space! I could feel the stickiness on my own body when I read, "...air that you have to do the breaststroke through."And Margot expressed her compassion beautifully for the Nicaraguans' life bereft of so many comforts while she and her family had the luxury staying for the night in a place with comfortable beds and smooth sheets : " It was bliss, yes; but we were no longer ignorant."Margot gave us a glimpse of that compassion developing in her daughter by writing "At least this will end," she spoke in the crawly darkness. "For us."It is a wonderful piece about parenting, teaching, learning, compassion and loving - and being wise enough to sometimes just play and eat pretzels!Hoping to read more from this author,A New Fan
Wonderful, really wonderful. Exactly the kind of thing intentional parents need to think about -- not just raising children, but giving them the opportunities they need to become everything they can.
This was fantastic. Where can I get this Ms. Page's book? I went right to Amazon.com but I don't see it. I want to grow up in her house, but since it's too late for that I would really like to read about the rest of their trip. I get the feeling this writer has a lot to say that I would like to hear. The perfect combination of funny and touching. Thank you!
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I enjoyed this. Page represents the challenge of raising children in the midst of affluence very well. As a Christian, I was particularly interested in her reference to Jesus. I know it was crude, but at the same time, I appreciate the honesty. There are many things in the Bible that seem unfair, particularly when viewed through the lens of our natural human response and emotions. I think God can take the heat, though. I also think that it is short-sighted to expect an omnipotent being to make sense all the time. If we can fully explain and understand all God does and says, we have not encountered a very powerful god.
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This was a beautiful, insightful and honest essay, and extraordinarily well written. I've forwarded on to many people. I live in Western Kenya and grapple with a lot of the same issues as I raise my kids here - feeling simultaneously embarrassed by our relative wealth and overwhelmed by the poverty around us and fearful that instead of making my children appreciative of what we have that I'm inuring them to poverty. And I thought the who exchange about keeping clean was incredibly poignant and spot on. My mother said something similar when she visited us here, ("how do people stay so clean?" - given dirt roads and bucket showers etc...) and I thought it was a very off color remark. But it was actually a real observation, and I had wondered the same myself. And I'm sure your tutor's response is true here as well. Anyway, I simply loved this piece.
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