Today is the first day of my summer vacation; ok, this afternoon marks the beginning of that sweet time that belongs to me. The first thing I did was watch the YouTube video of Malala Yousafzai speak to the UN assembly on the occasion of her 16th birthday and the inaugural "Malala Day". This amazing 16 year old Pakistani teenager who survived a brutal attack on her person by the Taliban for the crime of going to school, humbled me with her words and gave me goosebumps as I listened to her invoke the great leaders of history who fought for dignity and freedom with only words as their 'weapons'.
Still thinking about Malala's words and listening to Krista Tippett's interview with Sarah Kay, the spoken word poet (featured on TED), I scoured the local garden store for whatever was left to plant in my sorry balcony garden that I have neglected since the traditional planting weekend of May 20th. I found something amazing; the intersection between Sarah Kay's 'rediscovery of wonder', her love of words and Malala's message of the power of young voices to change the world.