I find the most enduring and powerful resistance often comes from a place of deep love, dedication, patience and compassion. Love for your country, your people, the nature that feeds you, the ones you want to protect.
This is made painfully clear that to us as we transition from the many women’s cooperatives in Miraflor to the town of El Lagartillo, both places having lost access to health care, food, land and having lost friends and family from the US funded Contra revolutionaries invading their homes, their communities, their backyards.
Having said this, these heart warming people open their houses and welcome us into their lives, although we come from the land of those who took so much from them, asking only for our patience and our compassion in return. They say they have forgiven us and they are now happy to share what happened with a younger generation of students thirsty for knowledge about their country and about the world they belong to.
We have the privilege of living with and talking to people who fully embody what it means to be resilient, who fight for what they believe in for the love of their communities, their land, and for themselves.
As we left the community of La Perla two days ago to head to La Pita in Miraflor, we said goodbye to Doña Mirabelle who, her eyes filled tears, wished us all so much joy and invited us to return whenever we would like. Her tears were a reminder of this unwavering desire to share what one believes in, to share one’s fight, one’s identity and one’s love with others, no matter who they are, no matter the language, no matter the history.
We will be here for two weeks in this quaint town of El Lagartillo, where history is palpable on every wall, in the school that the Contra revolutionaries burned to the ground, in the hearts of those who lost a loved one. The students will have the privilege of asking questions, learning from their homestay families, understanding what it means to be a guest in someone’s home, more so when the greatest barrier to surmount is that of language.
We are truly grateful to be welcomed here and I believe I speak for all of us when I say that we look forward to learning more about the history of Nicaragua, of El Lagartillo, of the men and women here, of our home country and reflect what we can also do to embody what it is that we believe in. Our own compassionate resistance.