Darkness is one of her greatest fears. The other night, as soon as we started to put on coats to go out to eat, I could see the worry forming in her eyes.
“Pick me up,” she begged in a near panic. She’s slayed numerous monsters and fears since she first arrived on my front porch almost a year ago. But, this dread of darkness lingers. So, I picked her up, and while we walked to the van, I talked about the stars and how they are stronger than the darkness.
Light always wins, I say.
She’s heard it before, maybe she even understands it at some level in her young mind, but it hasn’t yet released her fears. Darkness is still there, still menacing and hiding some scary person just around the corner; and, it’s true – darkness covers many things.
But darkness never covers light.
Then, later on in the week, my ESOL class was discussing the Hindu festival of Diwali, often called the Festival of Lights. We are reading Blue Jasmine by Kashmira Sheth, a novel about an Indian girl who moves to Iowa City, Iowa. As I researched Diwali in preparation for class, I was in awe at the pictures I found online – the displays of light, the designs, the gathering of so many little lamps in what was the “darkest, new moon night of the Hindu Lunisolar month Kartika” (Wikipedia).
Most of all, I loved this line about Diwali, from Wikipedia: “The festival spiritually signifies the victory of light over darkness, knowledge over ignorance, good over evil, and hope over despair.” [Read more…]