This has been the WORST WEEK EVER.
In one week,
there have been two police shootings caught on tape, which was
outrageous enough. Then today I woke up to the news that there had been a
sniper-like attack on a dozen police officers with five of them killed.
we mourn publicly the senseless loss of lives, the sadness I feel is
compounded by the resignation that this will only polarize us into camps
of black lives versus blue lives versus all lives versus gun control
versus gun rights versus whatever else is out there to make the world
worse than it already is.
am a mother now, and something strange happens when a little life
enters the world with half of your DNA. You see everything with new
eyes. You ask different questions of yourself. You look upon this little
person with his/her emerging personality and wonder about the future.
Your reactions to events is much more emotional. You realize your
shortcomings and pray that in twenty years or so, the therapist will be
So when I wake up every day this week to one
tragedy after another with my baby girl sleeping so peacefully next to
me, I am at a loss. Some of you have to explain this to your babies;
luckily I do not, but one day I will and it hurts. Because she will ask
me why and what will make it stop, and I will have insufficient
Yet we do have the ultimate answer inside of us
if we are willing to ignore the anger, the hate, and the fear. We can
choose LOVE. We can decide that not just for the children we have been
given, but for all of the children we will choose LOVE. Choosing love
allows us to feel compassion for the families of everyone who lost
someone this week. Choosing love allows us to participate in peaceful
protest with police protection with the expectation that our legitimate
grievances can be met with policy that serves all of our best interests.
Choosing love is not choosing to value one life over another. Choosing
love is to disagree about the means, but to agree that the end is
certainly not more senseless death.
Live and LOVE.