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A Message from the Director….

December 2, 2008

When all the recent excitement in India began, I immediately started logging on every day to the American Embassy School website – hoping for guidance, looking for an enhanced security plan, and really just stumbling in the dark for security assurances. Well, their website was under construction – perfect! But I kept checking and today I found this message from the Director…

Dear Parents and Colleagues,

Recently I had the privilege of hearing former British Prime Minister, Tony Blair speak on the condition of the world.  He emphasized that the battle against terr*rism cannot be won with better security alone; that more important is the teaching of tolerance through an education that values cultural diversity.  This is why our mission of  “enabling responsible global citizens” is so important.  Someone once said that the last person to know why humans kill one another died a long time ago, leaving us without an answer.  AES exists to prepare young people to create a better world.  Each day we see that possibility here at school and in our community.  These children, being educated with children from around the world, truly represent hope for a better tomorrow.  Perhaps they will learn the “language of sleep.”

When They Sleep ~ by Rolf Jacobsen

All people are children when they sleep.
There’s no war in them then.
They open their hands and breathe
in that quiet rhythm heaven has given them.

They pucker their lips like small children
and open  their hands halfway,
soldiers and statesmen, servants and masters.
The stars stand guard
and a haze veils the sky,
a few hours when  no one will do anybody harm.

If only we could speak to one another then
when our hearts are half-open flowers.
Words like golden bees
would drift in.
—- God, teach me the language of sleep.

Thank you for your continued support through these troubling times. It is a privilege to serve this wonderful community.

Bob Hetzel

Note from me –  There was another b*mbing today in India – on a train – so far, 3 people are dead and about 30 injured – if you are interested in more details – follow this link. Number One Hubby is not in India this week. This b*mbing occurred far to the west of Delhi on the other side of Bangladesh. It does not appear related to the events in Mumbai. Apparently, these terr*rists were not sleeping. It’s really too bad – a little nap would do us all some good.

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