This evening on the way from one place to the next on our list of day to dailies, our Princess spoke up with a question, completely out of the blue.
“Mama, our family from way back on your side and Daddy’s sides of the family–they weren’t always from here, right? I mean, at some point they moved here, right?”
Wondering where it was going, I answered her. “Yes. Someone even traced our family tree back to the first ones who came over from England in the 1700s. Thomas and Faithful Carse.” (I’ve always loved their names so they stuck with me.)
“Wow,” she said, thinking. “So then, aren’t we all in some way–aren’t we all immigrants?”
Oh baby. Yes. Yes we are.
I share this tonight, not to start a political discussion, because I will walk away from that in a heartbeat. I can no more convince anyone to change their beliefs to resemble mine than anyone can change my mind.
No, I share this simply to say:
Y’all. Please be careful. Our children–and they are all of ours, whether we gave birth to them or not–all of our children are listening and watching. They will call us out on all of this chaos and hatred and all the misunderstandings eventually. It might not be until much later when they truly comprehend what is going on in our world right now, but they will call us out.
Guard your words and your heart. These little ones are growing up watching and becoming what they see, despite our best efforts otherwise.
Teach them with your actions as well as your words.
It’s not easy, but I made a vow tonight to start doing better.
Love to all.
“Annie Moore (January 1, 1877 – 1923) was the first immigrant to the United States to pass through the Ellis Island facility in New York Harbor.”