Long gone are the days when mass media imitates society. Instead society imitates mass media. Maybe it’s a group of catty, bickering housewives or sisters; maybe it’s a rabid sports fan in a $200 jersey sitting on the front row of a football game; maybe it’s the scores of obsessed shoppers lined up for days for Black Friday…
Now, my children love school. When they’re sick, they protest having to stay home. However, this understandably meant more. So we narrowed down the message for their signs, painted them, packed up some water and sunblock, and we headed to Fort Worth’s City Hall.
And she, like her brother, began to understand that you’re treated differently. Treat someone with respect, and 9 times out of 10 they’ll do the same.
For one day the kids will all be grown
With their own firm hopes and thoughts
And I’ll try so hard to remember
All that I forgot:
The little moments wrestling
Or scraping dried food from cheeks
Little toots that make us laugh
Giving them away at hide-n-seek
This entry was originally posted immediately after the Sandy Hook Elementary shootings. With recent events at other schools, namely the Santa Fe, TX high school shooting which hits close to home to me and many of my family and friends, I found the timing right to repost this piece.