Priorities: Moral Education Opportunity
There are times when an opportunity presents itself to teach a deeper, more meaningful lesson. Here is an example of how I seized upon an opportunity that presented itself. I posted this on instagram. Reposting below.
“Yesterday, was a Friday and we had our scheduled co op classes. Instead we, a group of homeschooling mothers decided to join our Imam and our congregation to visit a local Jewish center to spread some love and warmth.
We made cards for them. I was unsure whether I will join them for the morning but I did make it a priority to make those cards to drop off. You know why it was important to me?
Firstly, because I have received such cards after mosque attacks and Quebec mosque shooting. I know exactly how it felt in the aftermath and how afraid I was to go to mosque in the days that followed. I also know what those words meant to me at that time… words that validate, words of empathy, words that comfort… words which say ‘we care’
Secondly, this one hit closer to home because it happened in Pittsburgh. I have lived and loved that city for more than a decade before I moved here. .
Instead of just dropping off the cards, I decided to visit and reached before anyone else. When everyone else arrived, my son went ahead to add his cards to the rest and he found himself amongst the adults. Our Imam and the Rabbi’s and they opened up his card and got into a conversation with him. He was not shy or uncomfortable. He felt like an important member of society.
Yesterday, he learnt about the sad realities of the world around him. But he also learnt what he could do. He learnt that he could comfort others through his actions. Small and simple can still have significance. He learnt about the ideals and morals of his community.
I used to think I am their teacher… but in reality I am a student and they are my companions. We are all learning from life and it’s complexities… the good, the bad and the ugly. Everything is an opportunity to learn and grow.
So in conclusion, as long as I live wholeheartedly and with honesty and let them participate in this amazing experience called life, We will learn… and we will learn well! Hold your head high and live fully and allow them to live it with you! Homeschooling moms out there, you got this! ”
Click the link below to see my son and his card in the news clip!