Recently, my five-year old son and another boy did a re-enactment of the political debate for their classroom. I’m very proud of him because he has always been with me. He never went to preschool since I decided to teach him myself until the required school age. Time flew for us, and my baby officially began his first year in school this last September. I thought he would have a hard time being away from home but I think it was really me having an issue with the inevitable fact that they grow so fast.
At first he was very quiet and shy in class, but all of sudden he’s a debater. (I think I know where he gets that from.) Later, I found out he was chosen to re-enact Mitt Romney, and I had to let him watch the debate so he can get some tips from both grown men.
I wont go into which side I’m on because quite frankly despite the fact that I am a strong “who cares,” to me most politicians are puppets on a string. I would hate to lose my peace especially to individuals who more often than not cowardly succumb to the desires of special interest groups. I know of quite a few people who disassociate themselves from those they we’re friends with or close to, just because they differ at the polls. I truly abhor that and it makes me nauseous to hear the same people speak about unconditional love or loving thy neighbor. Where is the love in that? It is important to vote and express ourselves regarding all the issues, but in the process and during the campaigns let’s have some political compassion with those around us.
Don’t lose the peace people!
The sweetest and cutest debater
Anyway, back to the sweetest and cutest debater in the world. I couldn’t believe that my son actually watched the entire debate. I think he was tired because I doubt he understood much of what was actually being said (at least I would hope so). The next day, he did very well and it was a positive experience for him. “I hope everyone has food,” his main repetitive line gave me goosebumps and made me smile proudly. I’m sure he learned a lot from watching the debate and the entire experience. However, I couldn’t help but notice that perhaps it is the politicians and the adults that need to sit in a classroom full of five-year old children for a few minutes to get some tips from them. Yes, little people fight and disagree but at the end of the day, the argument is forgotten and you’ll most likely find them playing and working together on assignments. The friendship is restored and they have their peace!!!
From: Me, mom
Sent: Sunday, September 23 2012 2:08pm
To: My Adult Children
Subject: Superheroes and the School of Life
I’m writing this email because there is so many things I want to share with you, but I know that by the time you’re old enough to understand them, I probably wouldn’t remember. I want you to know the things that I’ve learned so far about this amazing universe and this journey through life. I hope one day it will all make sense to you, and you’ll understand this on a more profound level.
I want you both to know that you have become my favorite teacher’s in this school of life. I think that whoever came up with the saying, parents are their children’s first teachers, should’ve also added children are their parent’s best teachers. This is so true for me, and I feel blessed that you came into my world at just the right time.
Lately, we’ve been watching a lot of the X-men cartoons and as I sit there my mind drifts away. Far away from Wolverines awesome attitude, Jeans crazy and envious powers and the X-men’s battles of good vs. evil, into my own little world of imagination mixed with a light dose of heroism. It’s as if a personal version of X-men plays in my head, except in my amazing movie you both are my heroes. Well the last part is definitely not figment of my imagination; you are my teachers and my heroes! Now, I have a pair of super heroes that have helped me see life in a whole new way. You gave my life meaning and showed me the important things in life. They are important things that I want you to remember as well.
I want you to remember that true love is everywhere; it’s FREE it can never be bought, tied down or manipulated in any way. When that happens, love becomes corrupted and ceases to exist if it ever did exist in the first place. Remember that even in the darkest place, love can always find its way if you keep your heart open to accept it. True love if you let it, has no stipulations or grudges; it just flows freely without expecting anything in return.
I want you to remember that compassion and empathy might just be the key to happiness. Doing things for others brings a sense of joy and unity, and if you do it with sincerity your life will acquire a whole new meaning, and sense of overflowing happiness that reaches out to everyone in your path. I want you to remember that if you harbor judgment and criticisms for others, you only hurt yourself. When you focus on others you stop focusing on yourself, and you stop growing because you don’t see what you need to work on in your own life. I want you to remember that success isn’t measured by what you do in life or how much money you have in the bank. Live your life for yourself and do what makes you happy. People’s opinions constantly change; one minute your family and friends may not like what you’re doing and the next minute they’ll be boasting about you and the very thing they didn’t like. Love what you do whether anybody else does, be your own electrifying audience. I want you to remember that things constantly change, learn to accept change. Most of all I want you to remember that we are all connected every citizen of this world and every living thing. We are one, even though we look different or have belief systems as opposites as black and white. So when you begin to exclude yourself and think to highly of yourself remember we are one.
I know there might be so many other things that I want you to remember but I might just have to email you again when I learn and remember some more. I hope one day you both will have your own super heroes to come in to your life and help you think about these kind of things. I’m grateful of my current curriculum in the school of life, I know I still have a lot to learn but I do have the best company along the way to help me out. Please don’t get any ideas, this is not an excuse to got out having babies at an early age. Don’t rush out, bringing me back superhero grandkids and giving me an early heart attack (like I almost gave your grand-mother). There are so many other ways to learn from life, just enjoy your own journey whatever it may be.
I love music that offers positive and encouraging messages, I act like a little child with a brand new toy when I find a new and inspiring song. I can’t really keep a beat myself but I know music has the power to transform and bring us together in such a powerful way. Today was great day for my Google and You-tube music search since I was automatically re-directed to awesome music from different International Day of Peace sites. I heard so many today, that I really enjoyed and will be adding to my play-list. I know we should have Peace Day every day to show our dissatisfaction with the way things are now and to focus on our hope of a better future. In many ways, music and the arts can play a constant role on this not just on peace day but everyday. Here is a post I’m re-blogging from To Be Aware. Love the post and of course Michael Jackson’s song!