Well it’s Inauguration Day and like most people, I’m terrified of what’s to come.
I mean, in no way am I a political wiz or understand much concerning it. But I do know the difference between right & wrong (most days anyway!) and how others should be treated.
This week, I’ve taught my students about being caring and loving to one another, what it means to be a friend, and how to respect each other’s space; based on our book, Happy Birthday, Martin Luther King…and they’re only 4 & 5 years old…with 95% of them being Spanish speakers!
At home, I’m trying to raise my daughter to be the same way, be respectful and loving. She gives kisses, says “Thank you”, waves and smiles at others and she’s 1 1/2yrs old.
As an African American woman, Christian, a human being…I hope to project the same: being caring and respectful. Sure, I’ve had my moments growing up where there were things I didn’t agree with. But you know what? I still showed others the respect they deserved and I guess it was because I believed they would treat me the same if they felt differently about my opinions. Ya know, always believing there has to be more good than evil in people.
But that’s it. Just Love & Respect. A one year old gets it. Five year olds get it. And for whatever ridiculous reason some people in this world cannot grasp that. To just love…or at the very least, respect one another. Why is that such a difficult concept to understand?!
We have this person – and I use that term very loosely because that is NOT a man or a human being; and this is the best way I can respectfully describe him – being the President of this country…my country…the country I am raising my daughter in…a country this little black girl will grow up in…a country I teach in…a country where my class is predominantly of Hispanic background…a country that is freely exposing its hate towards us…
And as an African American woman, mother, Christian, and teacher, I have to continue to spread the message of Love.
And yet a challenge I have to take on.
May God be with us.