It has been quiet here lately, I am busy working with future teachers and spending as much time with my family as possible. Today is the International Day of Peace, and I had to take a moment to pause and comment here.
Our world is hurting. Our neighbors are hurting. We are hurting. This is a time that can be overwhelming and scary. I want to hold my son close and shut the world out to protect him. That isn't protecting him, though, and it is not helping to be an agent of change.
I feel like we need to stand side by side and grasp hands and imagine that we have those tummies that shine love and rainbows, like the Care Bears. But that isn't enough. We need action. We need to speak up and speak out. We need to stand up to the rhetoric of hate and fear and division-- we are LOVE. We are PEACE. We are ONE.
Our children deserve a world where they are not judged by the color of their skin. Our grandchildren and their grandchildren are counting on us, right now. STAND UP to hate. SPEAK OUT against division. SHARE your love. Our world needs it.
Beth is a mom first and foremost. She is also a trained Montessori teacher who is passionate about making the lofty ideals of the Montessori philosophy more real and manageable for families.