Aug 30, 2020

Raise your hand if you did the following in the past 48 hours:

  • Literally cried to your child’s online teacher
  • Considered spanking your children for fighting for the fifth time before noon
  • Felt like you just couldn’t catch up on the assignments
  • Banged your head against the bathroom door and told your kids it was a picture falling off the wall
  • Did one of your child’s pretests because it was a waste of time and you just wanted your child to have time to be a kid
  • Called a school board member (who unfortunately was kind enough to take your phone call)
  • Fought with your spouse about how the children should learn and experience life
  • Thought there was a bug on you but realized it was your own leg hairs tickling you
  • Tucked your spouse into bed promising him we will do better tomorrow and that you will shave your legs
  • Tucked your children into bed with cuddles and books promising them you will find a better way to teach them what they need to know in life

Some days are just like that. But today is Saturday and that means no school and no computers. That means a walk in the creek, time to read books, a dipped cone from Dairy Queen, and reminding my children that life is still great even without friends around us.

Friends, please remember that this strange time will end someday. When we look back at this time, what will we have to show for it? Will we have been too busy to fight for social justice, or will we have done our part to save our democracy? Will our children know their multiplication tables but lost their love of learning, or will we have fostered their strengths and uncovered their passions and talents? Will our relationships be scarred, or will we be stronger than ever because we put each other first?

This is our life. 

It doesn’t belong to the governor, the school district, the stock market, our bosses, and certainly not our president. 

We must take full responsibility for it and that means standing in our own strength and trusting our gut. Stand up for what is right, stand up for our children, and stand up for other people’s children. 

This is our life, and we are responsible for each day of it.

So pave it as you wish. Take the road less traveled. Whatever you do, make it a year you’re proud of, as a parent, as a partner, and as an activist for others.

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