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Topic: War and Peace (not about the book) (07/07/11)
TITLE: Savannah's Shelter
By Anastacia Hawkins
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“Hello, Savannah,” says Mr. Prince, the school counselor. “Can I help you with something?” As Savannah closes the door, she closes out the noise, the fear, the anxiety. She feels instantly calm and comforted.
“Just thought I would stop by for a little chat.” Mr. Prince’s room is heavenly to Savannah, so full of love and trust and hope. From the moment he first called for her, she knew this was a place she could be herself, and be safe.
“How are you doing, Savannah?” Savannah knows he wants to hear the truth.
“I’m frightened, Mr. Prince. I don’t belong here.”
“Savannah, do you remember what we read last week?”
“I meant to write it down, but I forgot. I know how important it is to write things down and keep them where I can see them. I’m sorry, Mr. Prince.”
“You’re forgiven, Savannah. Let’s write it down now, shall we?” Mr. Prince takes out two sheets of paper from his top desk drawer. Savannah loves the paper from Mr. Prince’s room. It is more like parchment. It makes everything Savannah writes on it seem more important somehow, something to be treasured. Mr. Prince hands Savannah the ink pen that looks like a quill. She lifts the white feather to her cheek to feel its softness.
“Psalm 34:7*,” Mr. Prince says as he writes on his own paper. “The angel of the Lord stands guard around those who have respect for him.” He waits for Savannah to get all the words down. She is writing slowly, meticulously. “And he saves them.” Savannah writes these last four words and sets the feathery pen down gently.
“Yes, I remember now,” Savannah says as she lovingly traces the words she has just written with the tip of her finger. “I have a protector. He is with me always.”
“That’s right, Savannah. And you have me. You can come to me anytime. I am here to listen and to guide and to lift you up.”
“Thank you, Mr. Prince. I feel so much better.” As Savannah leaves the room, Mr. Prince sees that she is standing much straighter than when she came in.
“Go in peace, dear child,” he whispers. And she hears him.
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