My precious daughter, Mollie, wrote this last night while holding her own little baby boy. Please read and share!
Because babies born in 2016 need to be taught something different that what we are seeing now.
To the Mamas of black babies living in America;
To the Mamas giving birth in the middle of war in Syria, in her own home because the hospital was bombed last week;
To the Mamas fighting hard to get help and reunite with their baby in foster care;
To the Mamas who made the brave decision to keep the baby currently growing, unplanned, in their belly;
To the Mamas who lost their little baby way too early;
To the Mamas with the babies that have an extra special chromosome;
To the Mamas afraid of their babies growing up in this scary world;
To the Mamas that gave their baby up for adoption;
To the Mamas whose husbands are away defending our country;
To the Mamas in the NICU, so proud of your strong baby, but so afraid;
To the Mamas without biological children, who are a parent to so many;
To the Mamas raising your baby alone, working two jobs and barely making ends meet;
To the Mamas who are tired, beaten down, barely holding it together:
Mamas, our babies are growing up together. They will change this world together. They have so much to learn, and we have to teach them. They are still young. Innocent. They don't yet know how awful this world can be. Let's teach them something different. Let's teach them to be brave. To not be afraid of our differences but recognize that they make us beautiful. Lets teach our babies how to listen. How to hear the pain and struggle in someone's voice and to know that just because something doesn't hurt us personally, doesn't mean it isn't hurtful. Lets teach them to see their worth. To look in the mirror and see no flaws. Lets teach them how to see. To see that this world is so much bigger than we think. Let's teach them to be kind. Lets teach them how to talk. To know that our speech doesn't have to be harsh, but that we can speak to each other with love. Let's teach our babies to be bold. To speak up for the hurting and the oppressed. Let's teach our babies about God. To know that He is always by their side. Lets teach our babies hope. That the pain they feel in this life is temporary.
To the Mamas teaching their babies how to love, you will change this world.
It's going to take all of us. If one of our babies learns hatred, it will spread like wildfire. Like a nasty virus, it will infect them all. Let's teach them something different.
Mamas, it starts now.