Dear Mom reading the headlines about Charlottesville,
What can I say? That’s what I’ve thought this entire weekend. And now it’s Monday. What can I say about Charlottesville to my children, and to you? What words can I say that even matter? Does what I say matter at all?
Maybe you feel the same way. I’m just a mom, nobody knows me from the mom next door. Everybody saying something has some type of big platform. They’ve got hundreds and thousands of people that follow them. My voice is small. And it’s not that important.
Then I began to read words from other “nobodies”. Words that echo in my heart, “My platform may be small or non-existent, but I have to say something. My small voice does matter because it speaks against hate.”
And I came to the realization that in motherhood we may have the most important platform of all.
Thousands of strangers may not follow us, but our children do. If you have one child you have two ears and two eyes that listen and see what choice you make. They see you speak against all the nonsensical hatred in Charlottesville and they listen so close to what kind of words we use when we talk about other humans. That matters.
Your children are the ones that can fill this world with strong voices of love. Be kind and gentle is what I tell my children. Love each other. Those are words from the good Lord himself.
Charlottesville is a continuance of hate but also a beginning.
A beginning of more incidences but also a chance for love to shine through the darkness. I think it’s important to note that this is not accomplished through our own strength or our own good intentions. It has to be deeper. My writing mentor, Margaret Feinberg, responded to the horrific weekend with this encouraging article.
Will you embrace your platform of motherhood?
Let’s join together in raising our kids to act and speak in love. One mom can make a difference. A community of moms can change the world.