“Be the change you wish to see in the world.” This is one of my all-time favorite quotes. When you read it, it seems big–the change, the world. You think of people helping the starving in Africa, Mitch Albom building a school for orphans in quake-devasted Haiti. If you are like me, the closest you will ever get to this is by donating to the Red Cross.
“Be the change you wish to see in the world.” I found a way to make this small, but with huge impact. I didn’t really think too much about it or plan it–it just happened. I refuse to raise my son to participate in this racist, xenophobic world. He is 13 years old and as you know, it is not an easy task. Since he was very young, when he would hear something or an issue would come up, we would stop and I would take him to a quiet place and explain how a prejudice was wrong. As he has gotten older it has been more difficult with TV, movies, Middle School, but I still take him in my room for the talk.
He watched “Bad Boys II” at his Daddy’s house and came home with a new word–the N word. I was so upset I cried trying to explain to him that people have died over that word. He was confused because Continue reading