“I’M JUST CURIOUS WHY IT IS AGE APPROPRIATE FOR KIDS K-5 TO LEARN ABOUT HIDING UNDER THEIR DESK AND NOT THAT SOMETIMES PEOPLE HAVE TWO DADS.”
I posted this the other day and boy did I ever get feedback. If you have been around me much at all, I have a reputation for enjoying open dialogue, considering other perspectives and respecting those whether I agree or disagree.
Yesterday, a person chose to comment in a condescending, foolish, ignorant and attacking manner. I am glad they showed their true colors so I could see them for who they are sooner rather than later. I don’t have the energy to fight that.
I am open to learning and hopeful that readers or those commenting are of the same mindset; or will at least please respect these boundaries. No matter the stance taken; please be kind; respectful and compassionate. I promise it’s easier to hear those efforts.
To all the rest of you who have kept dialogue healthy and respectful, no matter your viewpoints, I thank you. This is how we grow.
Now…I want to address my thoughts on the original post and explain my stance. Not because it is needed; rather, because I believe this is a topic worthy of discussion and I don’t want to take the lazy way out and stop the conversation.
Here is the quote…”I am just curious why it’s age appropriate for kids k-5 to learn about hiding under desks and not that sometimes people have two dads.”
- I read this and thought to myself; “good point. Why is that? It is definitely worth exploring.”
- I did not even consider it within the school context. I considered it within the context of the dear children and families I work with. I thought of it in the context of living in a society where we teach fear, judgement and intolerance far more than we teach lovingkindness, grace and acceptance. I would agree wholeheartedly that SAFE discussions need to happen at home. That’s ideal. Guess what? It’s also not our reality.
- It was said that this was not an accurate quote bc it compared apples and oranges. I would say it compares physical safety and emotional safety. Both are significant. Both are social issues. Both impact our children on a daily basis; even if we turn a blind eye. Hiding under a desk bc of danger of death and bodily harm and hiding who we (or our families) are bc being authentic in real life offers us another kind of death…equally tragic.
I am truly grateful for all of the thoughts shared. This is where I was and where I am still coming from. Also, if you have not gotten to know someone who is different than you in a way that you are uncomfortable with, I implore you….seek them out and get to know them. More love, less fear. This world is scary enough on it’s own.