You’d think the pandemic would have allowed for all kinds of words to flow freely from everyone’s mouth into glorious blog posts filled with insightful words of hope, but I have found no such words to write…until now. I sat back the last few months in awe of what our world has become. We’ve gone through things I never thought I’d see in my lifetime. I’m sure it has a lot to do with the bubble I live in. 2020 has been a wild ride for not only our family, but the entire globe. I’ve sat back and watched, learned, researched, and prayed. I’ve looked into topics I never thought I’d have to research(not just about injustices and mask coverings), but things I knew I’d never have to deal with in our own family unit. That story is for another time.
I’ve thought about all the things these babies I raise will have to deal with, but how it will never be what unprivileged children will endure. I can’t possibly understand because I myself have never had to deal with those kinds of disservices. What I can do is teach these precious minds about history, compassion, the truth behind color, and ways we can move forward.
Fear can be a crazy thing. Sometimes it doesn’t even seem like fear until you peel the layers away. I was a wife of an amazing police officer. I was a proud wife. I am still a proud wife. My husband served his community for 9 years. He saw things I wished he never had. I can’t imagine the fear he had on such occasions and I witnessed the long lasting effects of those instances. Not many people know those stories and it took many years for him to share them with me. My point?
I support police officers. I support ending racial injustice. I support black lives matter. I support people who put their own lives at risk every single day to protect our freedom. I support the LGTB community. I support Christians. I support other religions that are not my own. I support people who wear masks, those who choose not to wear them. I support every race, ethnicity, and walk of life. I support the human race even when it doesn’t align with my own beliefs. That doesn’t make me a trader, a non-christian, a hater, a non-advocate, or any other title you want to plant upon my name. It means I am a human surrounded by other humans that are doing what they feel is right. They are doing the very best they can with the knowledge they have.
I live with a full blown liberal as well as a very conservative human in our household. You know what I am? Right down the center. I can see all sides of issues, relish in learning about their beliefs, and stand with my own. It’s made for some heated discussions in this home, but I wouldn’t have it any other way. I have/had raising amazing babies.
A goal for my/our parenting (as it’s always been) is to raise these children with a strong foundation, but there is always room for improvement, learning, and shifting. I’ve come to realize that we don’t have many books about cultural differences (that’s changing), not many culturally different families we hang out with (that’s changing), and don’t make a concenious effort to show our children how they can make a difference (that’s changing). I tell you these things to prove a point that any families can make an impact right now, in your very own home. It starts there and always will. Our upbringing shapes us into the adults we become.