“At the risk of seeming ridiculous, let me say that the true revolutionary is guided by a great feeling of love. It is impossible to think of a genuine revolutionary lacking this quality… We must strive every day so that this love of living humanity will be transformed into actual deeds, into acts that serve as examples, as a moving force.” Che Guavara:
There is a home I know which often appears like more of a war zone than what we think of as a middle class family home with parents and teenagers. And every time I go there I am reminded why. Because it is a war zone.
I don’t mean the screaming, which is not uncommon. Or the way the phone rings off the hook. Or the way there is usually news coming in from some front and a tactical strategy team assembled to deploy a response. Or even how a seeming army of folks are prone to storm through at any given moment.
I’m talking about how anyone who has fought for their own soul in a world determined to strip it from them would recognize a demarcation zone when they see one. And the resource being fought for is love… and the wholeness one feels when they live every day without a doubt what it is, where they can find it and all they’ve done to preserve it.
Toniann and Dominic Read live in the suburbs of Alpharetta, GA on a tiny cul de sac called Birch Rill Drive with 14 year old Jesse and 18 year old Zoe.
Like any home with teenagers, they all live awash in drama with emotions often casting shadows of ominous proportions. But as much as such powerful feelings and loud expressions leave us prone to overwhelm, these dramas are welcome…even encouraged. The irony is that instead of feeling unsafe, the rooms of that home feel like some of the safest space in the world.
In a world that is, in a moments notice, ready to revoke your right and ability to register feelings, this is a place that recognizes that they are the very source and sanctuary of our humanness. To grow up without surrendering your humanity in today’s culture – especially as a person of color – requires that you be a revolutionary. And it requires, sometimes, that your world look like a war zone. And that you are always willing to stand on the front lines. Because that’s where the love is.