On Friday, my children's elementary school had their Third Annual Multicultural Family Fair. Parents were invited to set up tables that represent their family's country of origin and culture. Children learned about over a dozen countries; from their landmarks, languages, and clothing, to their music, art, games, and more. They even served food at lunch for kids to try foods from others cultures.
I am grateful our school offers an opportunity to learn about our diverse population. I am grateful for our children to be educated about our differences so they can gain deeper understanding of one another's diverse heritage. I am grateful for our community that teaches acceptance and invites unification by embracing appreciation for each other's differences.
These are qualities that build strong individuals, families, and communities.
This is my hometown. It has changed, grown more diverse, and I am thankful. When I was a kid there were maybe at most ten kids per grade who were not caucasian. Now that number has probably tripled. I know every family in this town has something to teach me, my children, and our family. Every person in our community is significant. If one feels less than others, or greater than others, a divide begins to grow. When we stand beside one another and unite, accepting our similarities and respecting our differences, the stronger community we will have.
Our children are sponges absorbing every ounce of what we say and do. Take a moment with me to...
Pause. Breathe. Pray.
Lets ask ourselves am I a bridge or am I creating a divide?
It's an important question to reflect on.
I hope you will join me in growing deeper in understanding of others, accepting the similarities, respecting the differences and appreciating one another for the unique, valuable individuals we are.