“purple swag on”
Olivia, Joan and I are having the best of times here in Maryland
with the temps
even though last night
the drop was into the 30’s
as we huddled on the couch
and explored the life of an 11 year old!
is a phrase I tried to wrap my head around
as I gazed at my beautiful Olivia
who lives in the no pressure zone,
I have to laugh.
She has transformed into a child who looks older than 11
so when she shifts
in a conversation
to a reply of
I find my brain explodes in wonder!
I have to re-set
and remind myself she is only 11!
She now is keen to the news on
her school and friends are talking about it
no one understands it.
They do not see color
they do not understand “hatred/racial profiling”, they have no words for the horrendous acts
truly do not understand how zimmerman is still a free man.
To hear the conversation
to engage her thoughts has been a lesson for me,
in a deeper understanding
through the lens of a child.
It makes me also wonder
the thoughts of Kamryn,
who is 10.
The thoughts of D’Vante who is 17
and graduating high school this year.
All three of my kids
are of color.
Olivia’s word for zimmerman when I arrived was that he was a
I found this interesting, curious that a word
so benign could be assigned to a man
of such a horrendous acts.
And then I had to again remember,
Olivia is 11, she is a child.
One who does not see color, does not judge people, and does not know hatred.
We talked about it more,
we read the definition of the word
and then looked up other words for
“bad” or “awful things a person does”.
We thought about it
and I could see her mind in action through the movement of her eyes.
She has now decided she likes the word
and that word fits better.
She likes the word
and thinks that word fits better.
I didn’t like to have “the talk” with an 11 year old child; my child
of the wickedness that lives in a world.
To talk about the hatred that still resides in the hearts of some
things like racial profiling, color of people’s skin
being the age old battles that originated with the
along with the stories that are now being woven to further make him out to be anything less than the victim of a gunshot wound
As we watched Sybrina Fulton, the mom
Tracy Martin the dad
Olivia sad, that is just wrong and so sad
She then said,
“this is just wrong, and even if he was suspended who cares and what difference does it make?”
From the mouth of a babe,
truth is spoken.
Then it was time to talk about
it was time to feed the pain and realities of the days conversation.
To talk about the sneaks that were being sent to her from Kamryn
that she is so tickled to receive in the mail.
another thing Olivia and Kamryn have in common,
those kids do love to
Here’s the latest and greatest picture of
getting his grub on!
My boy loves him a
even with his purple on!!!
WE have to stand for the children,
Love is born into the children,
they are color blind,
the do not judge
they are able to dance in the rain,
play in the dirt,
run and learn
taste all that life has to offer.
It is our job, our joy, our responsibility
to nurture, nourish, teach, reach each one
with all our best tools,
while exploring and holding them UP.
It is up to us to empower them,
help them find their voices
in pursuing their dreams
teach them respect for all living things
for Justice, their rights and responsibilites
along the way.
Teach them well.
Help them to find the words that will suit them,
that will allow them to express what they want to say,
that will allow them to define
what they are trying to express
help them to remain alert and safe.
Olivia and I spent some time talking about self defense classes
she is actually thinking it might just be a good idea!
STAND FOR OUR CHILDREN,
they belong to all of us.
We have to stand,
we have to be responsible
watch our wording.
I was going to attend a rally for justice
then it hit me.
It was a call of UNITY
an invitation for
TO COME TOGETHER IN WASHINGTON.
And I had to hang my head once again as the verbage read all
were being asked to stand together in UNITY
as I realized that in the joining
and the advertising and plead to gather the organizers was doing what they were rallying against
and teaching children to segregate
when we are standing together
as ONE PEOPLE AGAINST INJUSTICE FOR A CHILD THAT BELONGS TO THE WORLD
IN A WORLD
THAT NEEDS TO STAND
against racism and hatred.
I must not give up
nor abandon hope
that we shall overcome one day.
The sage is lit,
with prayers going up today
who are standing, all who are needing some support in thoughts, for strength
just to know
you are being thought about.
Walk In Beauty,