Bright

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Bright

Alexander Brennan

My painting, Bright, expresses my values of tolerance and acceptance. Bright, the name of the subject, was a 17 year old football player from Nigeria who lived with me in my parents home for nearly 2 years. Coming to a place far from his home, without any family, must have been incredibly daunting for him. Similarly, I think it was also brave of my parents to open up their home to a stranger they did not know. As the weeks passed Bright became more confident and eventually we began to share stories and learn about each other's cultures. Although I was nervous at first to share my home with a stranger, we eventually became friends and I would not change the experience for the world. In times such as these, where news such as the migrant crisis flashes on our screens every day and makes us almost numb to suffering, it is small acts of kindness and tolerance such as this that I think we can all learn from. That although someone might be different from you, or a you may be a long way from home, a little bit of courage and tolerance can go a long way.

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