Kindness…the choice…

You know when I first snapped this photo I immediately wanted to share it but was too scared to – fearing the possibility of backlash or people thinking differently of me but it really got me thinking about all the times in their earlier school years when my kiddos exited the school bus walking into our home perplexed and sometimes with tears in their eyes looking into mine asking “Mom, why do people call us Mexicans and tell us to go back to where we belong?” and how in those moments I was taken back to the many times throughout my childhood, throughout life really, I had been called out by the brown of my skin and characteristics of my hair…Black, Indian, Mexican, Spaniard even the ‘N’ word on occasion despite being classified White…Caucasian…perks of being blessed with an olive skin tone, I suppose.
They just didn’t understand especially given we are not from Mexico or of the nationality. I’m not sure if my explanation of a response supplied any relief or helped them in those moments any more than the wiping away of their tears and the Mom hug that always followed but when it comes down to it…I mean really comes down to it…we are all just humans.
We are more than the color of our skin or the age of our bodies. We are all humans traveling different paths yet made up of two arms, two legs, two ears, two eyes, ten fingers, ten toes, one nose…one brain from which to choose our actions, one beating heart from which love unconditionally radiates at birth and one mouth from which kindness can always be spoken…
I can only hope that moments such as those made my kids kinder towards others and even a bit more resilient when faced with adversity…

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