I’m trying to start a movement. For some, it may seem impossible but I like things that seem impossible. I recently had a conversation with one of my close friends about the future. It was that “what if?” conversation. “What if the terms ‘active shooter’ or ‘lock down’ are commonplace in children’s day?” “What if things get worse?”
After we changed the subject my thoughts went even deeper. Why do we judge each other so harshly? People are dying. Every day. They go about their business just like you do. Just like I do. They don’t plan for things to happen to them. Yet, I am puzzled that people (especially moms) are so critical of one another when there are deeper issues to be thinking about.
I want to start a movement to join forces. I want this to stop. We are just people. We are human beings. We are all just trying to survive.
To the stay-at-home mom, the stay-at-home dad, the secular mom, the secular dad: this is for you. To the moms who pride themselves on being the best mother because they had an easy delivery and to the moms who didn’t, this is for you. To the women who cannot conceive, the mothers who adopt, the families that foster: this is for you. To the single parents, the divorced parents, the widowed and orphaned parents: this is for you. To the parents who choose to vaccinate, the ones that refuse, the parents who homeschool, and the parents who would sooner die that choose to: this is for you. To the teen moms, the “older” moms, the career moms, the struggling familes: this is for you. To the wealthy families and to the paycheck families: this is for you.
Look at your children. LOOK AT YOUR CHILDREN. Now look at mine. Look at ours. Do you see a difference? Me neither. Look at your husband. Look at your wife. Do you see this person’s heart? So do I. We live in a time when sticking together as human beings is as rare as it is crucial but yet everyone still finds time to judge themselves based on the imagined fouls of others. We look at what we consider wrong and put ourselves on some kind of a pedestal but what criteria is that based on? If you think about it we all learned our ways. If you put our children together in one room, you’d see nothing but acceptance. Why aren’t we like that? Why can’t we be? Can we stop being right-fighters and just let each other be? Can’t we be in the same room as each other and see nothing but acceptance? Clearly, our children teach us more than we could ever teach them. We may just be too busy judging other families to notice.