A major theme in this chapter is caring. It's so easy for people to just stop caring when someone pushes them away. It takes someone special to be able to keep trying to care for that person. This is exactly what Esther was doing. No matter how many times Ishmael rejected her, she kept coming back. For example, when she asked to be friends with him, Ishmael asked how he could trust her, she came back with the same question. But yet she continued to offer her friendship. Even when she was taking him to the doctor, he resisted her hugs and looked the other way when she hugged Alhaji. But yet she came back to him and gave him more hugs. Affection, of any kind, is a very important thing for children to have. Even more important for teenagers who grew up in the middle of a war without any. Esther continued to care for him. She listened to his stories about the war when he told them to her, she listened when he told about his dreams. It was very clear that she wanted to give him input, but wouldn't if he didn't want to. She had to care about him greatly to respect when he says he doesn't want any input. To tell someone that they don't want their input, but yet continue to care and listen to someone's hard times is a very hard task for anyone to do. It is very clear that Esther cares greatly about Ishmael. He realizes this towards the end of the chapter when he finally accepts the fact that the things that he is experiencing are not his fault.
In everyday life caring is all around us. Everyone has (or should have) a friend like Esther. Someone who will listen anytime there is something bad happening in their life, or when they're just upset about something that happened at work or at school. It doesn't have to be as huge of help as what Esther is giving to Ishmael. It could be something as small as someone having problems at work and they need someone to listen to them. Usually,
that type of help is found in a significant other, or a best friend. For me, it has always been my best friend Amber. It's a mutual help. Whenever she's upset about something I try very hard to help her. When I'm upset about anything, she's the first person I go to. In a Long Way Gone when Ishmael goes straight to Esther after he has that bad dream, it shows how much he relies on her. This is the same way for us. Everyone has (or should have) that person in their life that they go straight to whenever the first sign of trouble comes up.
|I chose a picture of what represent friendship,|
to me friendship is two people caring greatly about each other.