Imagine yourself as a seed in the ground. You fight your way up and grow. You get leaves, maybe also flowers or fruits. You become as big as you are. What do you see around you? Look again at the plant from the seed and draw what you saw in your mind.
“I saw myself as a blooming flower. Lots of light around me, other flowers, the sun, a rainbow.”
“I watched the seed open and the flower grow. And I saw the roots growing too. The roots don’t go very deep, so it’s easy to go somewhere else.”
In her drawing, she shows how she found a way to live her life in this new country. But with the caution that this is not her home. The roots do not go deep into the ground. She is ready to go home or maybe to the next place when needed. The flower is easy to move with those shallow roots.
Her drawing beautifully shows what the life of a refugee can be like. The war has been going on too long for it not to take root in the new country. The desire to return home is enormous. We are waiting for this moment to arrive. That is why the roots remain on the surface. Ready to go back when we can.
While waiting, she tries to focus on the positive and beautiful things around her so that she doesn’t lose hope.