Today I woke up. Showered. Said goodbye to my son. Had a cup of coffee. Went to work.
Life goes on.
Today I vow to continue to teach my son.
He will understand that he is equal, no better or worse, than any other human being.
He will understand that women are to be respected, and he cannot dictate what they do with their bodies.
I will teach my son that nobody should be judged by the way they look or by the color or their skin.
He will understand that bullying is never ever the answer. Standing up to bullies will be one of the hardest things he will ever do, but if he does, I will never be more proud.
He will learn about other cultures, about other perspectives. He will memorize the words on the Statue of Liberty: "Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free."
He will know about his great grandparents who came to this country, who didn't speak any English, who were outcasts. They lived the American dream and he will welcome others trying to do the same.
He will know that sometimes life isn't fair. That the most qualified person doesn't always get the job.
He will know that violence is never the answer.
He will understand that sometimes people and groups of people have the odds stacked against them. I will teach him to help and to reach out to these people.
The city will be his classroom, where he will learn first hand from a melting pot of cultures and communities.
He will understand the government. I will show him how participation is imperative and how you can't complain until you get involved. I will explain why every human being should have access to healthcare and basic human necessities.
He will learn.
Truth is important. Every word matters.
Chip in. Help others. Get involved.
Love yourself. Love the earth. Love your family, friends and even your enemies. LOVE OTHERS.
He will learn. I will teach him.