Monday, January 17, 2011

I Have a Dream...

"I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character." ~MLK

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I am thankful MLK's dream. Because of his DREAM, my DREAMS of a multi-racial family was possible.

This year, the idea of segregation has hit me like a ton of bricks. Segregation...can you imagine? Really...can you imagine? MY KIDS would not have been able to go to school together...ugg! Or sit together on the bus...if we rode the bus. Make that the trolley downtown...we LOVE riding the trolley. Or drink out of the same water fountain. It makes me sick to my stomach to think about.

The CRAZY thing is, it wasn't even that long ago that segregation was present in our schools. The late 50s. Can you imagine being one of those nine African American students attending Central High School (here in LR) that first day. I am SO THANKFUL for those individuals. I know it wasn't easy.

I know because of the bravery of those students, MY KIDS have the freedom to go to school together. However, I cannot imagine sending them to any of our public schools...past fifth grade. That IS actually a DREAM of mine...being able to send my kids to public schools all the way through high school. Can I get an Amen?

I want my kids to know the truth about the history of our country, but it is SO HARD to expose them to the ridiculous concept of segregation. This afternoon, they were playing with some blocks on the floor while the television was on. Of course, there was talk of segregation. Honestly, I couldn't get the channel changed quick enough. I want them to know about MLK and his dream one day...but not yet. I am just not ready to have that conversation with them. I want them to stay innocent of such evil concepts for as long as I can. I wish I could snap my fingers and erase the whole idea of racism. They know their skin is different colors, but they have NO IDEA that is anything but WONDERFUL...and you know what...they are right.

Let's get back to my normal blogging topics, shall we? Cute kiddos, pictures, sewing, crafts...Haha!

For Christmas, we ordered photo canvases for the grandparents...and a couple for our home :o) I am IN LOVE with this one I ordered for our bedroom...

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My sweet girls at the beach...oh happy day! I am thinking about ordering a close up of each of the girls' faces...just trying to decide where I would hang them.

Can you believe Valentine's Day is less that a month away? Wow! I have lots of ideas floating around in my head that I want to do this year, but I am always looking for more :o) I just LOVE Valentine's Day!!!! Here is Hillary Ashton's Valentine's outfit for this year...
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I can't wait to see it on her!

How do you celebrate Valentine's Day with your kids?

6 comments:

Mom of 5 said...

Your multi racial family is just beautiful!! Have I ever told you that I am in love with Julianne's hair?? It is SO cute.

I have had a lot of these same thoughts today. I think when it really hit home for me was during President Obama's election. The night he won, the crowd showed many African Americans crying in the crowd for how far we've come. And, despite what people think of Obama, that was a really big deal. Our baby Zachariah (he is biracial, 1/2 African American) was only a few months old, and I remember thinking that, how far they have come, had allowed me to be his mother without my own persecution. I love that people can now look at him for the beautiful little boy he is, and not the color of his skin. I love that my children are friends with children of all races, and my daughter even chose to have an African American baby doll...and carries it in Walmart and restaurants...with no idea that some people might think it is odd that she would have a doll that color. But everyone always just smiles at her..and that is all I want her to know.

I have talked with my older children about segregation and slavery as we have learned history....and it just makes them very sad. I add it, how wonderful that things are getting better now, and the agree. If anything, I think their knowlege of the past makes them more compassionate. I have no idea how I will teach Zachariah about it when the time comes.

Mom of 5 said...

Wow, I sure was long winded there...sorry about that! I forgot to even say that the beach photo is awesome, and love the Valentine outfit too.

Tara said...

I saw this Ethiopian doll and thought, "she looks just like JuJu!" And look at the other dolls, they have one that looks like Sophie, and Hillary ashton! Haha! The girl from Ethiopia supports world vision! Just thought I'd pass that along!!

Mandy said...

What a great post!

It really is stunning when you think how SHORT of a time ago that all was... in some ways we've come so far, and in others.. it seems time has stood still. When I hear how African American children, especially boys, are so unwanted in the foster care/adoption world.. it just breaks my heart. MLK's dreams made big changes... and I know all of OUR dreams will continue to make changes occur.

LOVE the beach picture!

Kim said...

I love your beautiful rainbow family!!!!

Laura said...

Great post! You certainly have a beautiful family!