Today my son came home and and after doing home work starts playing like nothing. Then out of the blue he starts explaining what he learned today. I was excited because normally I get, " I don't remember." So my ears got big just waiting hear what my baby had to say. Then it began, he starts to tell me about Martin Luther King Jr. & Rosa Parks. For a moment I got upset then my emotions turned to pain. I couldn't show it but all I wanted to do was hold my baby and tell him I was sorry.
I know it may sound weird but as he was explaining and using words like white, black, jail, bus, and shot how could I not feel pain for him. Not just for him but both of my boys! We (as society) have come a long way but we haven't come full circle. There is still racism and prejudice. I know this is something my kids will learn about but I've tried to postpone it. I haven't taught my kids color because I don't want to taint them.
I remember when I was pregnant we took him to a sibling class and we got a coloring page that had a family on it. I believe he colored it about a year old ago and when he colored it dad was black, I was yellow/peach & his brother and him were brown. He still colors us that way now, lol, I'm usually peach. Once while playing I spy, he said he spied something brown and it was his brother, lol. Kids!
But back to what I started with. When I asked him if he thought what they (Martin Luther King and Rosa Parks) did was wrong and if they were bad people, he proudly said, "No!" I was proud of him. From the little he learned he understood that what these people did was for the good. As he gets older I know questions will come and there may be some uncomfortable discussions but they'll be necessary. My little BudBud will learn a lot sooner then I'd like but he is his brother's chicle! (Chicle is Spanish for gum.)
I can only teach them to treat people with love and respect but ultimately it's up to him/them. I can only pray my children keep God in their heart and be the examples God wants us to be.
- Just Being Priss
- Hi everyone, thank you for visiting my blog! Let me tell you a bit about myself. First I'm a wife then a mother of two (a 5 & 1yr old). I love to share my experiences, thoughts, ideas, questions really just about everything, lol! I want to be a positive motivation by sharing what I go through. You never know what I'll post, believe me, sometimes I blow my own mind. Having children = never a dull moment. Through it all I try to take one day at time remembering to keep breathing through it all :)