Teaching history and patriotism to the Lebanese children hasn’t ever been as exciting and effective than these days in which families in their entirety partake in the protests in Lebanon and abroad. In that, the Revolution is not competing with schools but mainly standing as a Master in revealing to the kids the true meaning of patriotism, unity, and the freedom to claim their rights. Some might condemn it and criticize it but here is the thing: Unlike books, this live lesson is totally unedited, unaltered, and uninfluenced by political and sectarian affiliations.
Now, this is a vital lesson we have missed to teach them and role model for them. If this Revolution has brought up one positive thing only to mark their minds and hearts, this would be more than enough.
2. They are learning that a clean city is a patriotic duty
They have been participating with their parents and siblings in the cleaning of the streets around them every morning, learning as well that they can take matters into their hands when the government fails them. May this activity within the revolution eradicate the nasty influence of having lived the garbage crisis from such an early age.
These young kids of ours, who were born into a nation overwhelmed by many different flags and different allegiances, are now understanding where their minds and hearts should be first and foremost and ultimately.
Someone commented on this IG photo, “I hope that clean hands like Sharif’s will write our future and erase the dark pages of our history.”
5. Our kids in the diaspora are also coming to learn about Lebanon
Spotted at a recent protest in Sydney and Melbourne, Australia, and many similar were spotted around the world: Our kids in the diaspora are learning to know their country of origin through the voices and actions of those protesting for a better Lebanon.
The legacy for one united nation spreads…
6. They learn their Lebanese Flag must be the one raised the highest in their homeland
“You are the bows from which your children, as living arrows, are sent forth.”~ Gebran Khalil Gebran. Let’s be clear here, Gebran was talking about the legacy we impart to our children while raising them, and he cautions us to make it the best.
9. They are learning that our unity should prevail through them
A scene that is widely seen during the protests in Lebanon, the Revolution is carrying its children on its shoulders; a powerful statement that this is for them, the future of Lebanon. And they are celebrating it along with their parents and families.
The love is mutual, as seen in the previous scene above! Numerous have been the times in which our kids have presented flowers to our Army people on the ground, affirming the mutual love and respect they harbor for each other.
These lessons of patriotism they are learning today by living them, they will teach them to their youngest, and their own kids in due time, so these values become entrenched in them and the nation that is evolving.
Many have been calling it the “Nation’s Wedding” as the protests on the ground have turned at their onset into celebrations of liberation and unity. And these kids are enjoying the positive vibes around with their parents.
God bless the children of the Lebanese Revolution and all Lebanon, for they are the hope of the nation. May they live and prosper in peace, unity, and happiness, here in the Land of the Cedar, so they can build on sound ground and continue the legacy of a nation that refuses to die.