Last night, I posted about having a really good day on Instagram. Almost immediately, I felt a huge sense of guilt. While I’m relishing in the fact that my day consisted mostly of a giggling, well-rested baby, a large majority of the world is engulfed in pain, social injustice, and fear. Sure, I’m allowed to appreciate a particularly good day with my son, but I also realize not everyone has the luxury of experiencing that same feeling of joy right now. Lately, I’ve caught myself wondering about what the future might look like for River, and I want to do everything I can to ensure he moves forward with understanding, love, and respect for everyone around him. In order to prepare for what’s ahead, we have to talk about the past and how we got to where we are today.
When we turn off the TV, stop listening to the news, stop reading the articles, stop getting the push notifications, talking about what’s happening, we are doing ourselves a disservice. I know, because I’ve done it. I’ve been in the situation where I don’t like what I’m seeing or hearing, so I block it all out because I’m afraid. Pretending something doesn’t exist doesn’t make it magically go away and it’s irresponsible of me to go on like that. I want to be an example for River and make sure that he understands knowledge is power.
I came across an amazing list of resources over at Reading My Tea Leaves that we, as parents, can use to do exactly that. Thank you, Erin, for articulating what I think so many of us are feeling right now. Visit her most recent blog post to find books (for both kids and adults), articles, and podcasts on how to talk openly and raise children to understand, and hopefully see the beauty in, a world where all kinds of differences exist. Here’s to creating a future of equality for all.