East-West Welcomes Rosa Strygler !
At first, I wasnt really looking forward to reading the book Rosa or seeing her. After reading the first two chapters, I found her to be a bit annoying and nagging at her situation. After the first two chapters I stopped reading the book. But then I decided to start reading it again. The book seemed a lot more interesting to me the second time I picked it up, and I didnt find Rosa to be as nagging as I thought she was before. I grew to understand why she cared for her son as much as she did. She lost her family during the Holocaust and besides her husband, she needed some one to love, just like how her parents loved her. Her book has very much inspired me, it made me want to work with helping kids and loving them.
The Marvelous Event took place in Mr. Marini's room. The room was filled with 12th graders, lots of teachers, staff, and two of Rosa's friends. Meeting Rosa turnt out to be more than I had expected. I really enjoyed meeting her and hearing her tell her story on her own rather than relying on just her book.
"I think everyone in this room should prevent things like the Holocaust from happening." This is something Rosa said to all of us, that really stood out to me. I think it stood out to a lot of us. Its very important that we all try and make something more of this world. We all need to help stop the killing of innocent people.
Suprisingly, I asked Rosa a question. I was quite shocked that I did. I was very nervous about asking her at first, but when Mrs. Park said we only had time for two more questions, I knew I couldnt leave without my question being asked and answered. The question I asked was: "Don't you think that you and your husband fed into your son Steve's addiction by giving him money everytime he asked for it, knowing just what he was goin to do with the money?" At first I was skeptical about asking her the question because I thought I would upset her, because In a way I was basically asking her if she helped her son die. But Rosa responded in the most sweetest and honest way. She said: "Yes, we did, but I really loved him." I actually expected a loneger response from her, but I took what I got being that we had so little time.
Another thing that Rosa said that meant a lot to me was: "I still got nightmares from the years I spent during the Holocaust." I dont think anyone can imagine just what Rosa is still going through or really feels unless they have been a victim of the Holocaust. Well not only the Holocaust, but if they have been affected by racism or have been bullied. Things like this leave scars on peoples hearts, they never really know what to do with it. But I'm very glad and grateful that Rosa came all that way to share her story and her book with us. This is an exprerience I will never forget.