On Thursday, students of Olympia High School in Olympia, Washington gathered outside in the rain along with community members to help spread the message of love, acceptance and diversity. Across the street, members of the Westboro Baptist Church were holding another one of their stupid protests. (If you are not familiar with the Westboro people, they are the ones who protest at our soldiers' funerals; a nasty group who do not seem to be doing much to spread the love of God, in my opinion). When you are through with this post, you can "CLICK HERE" to read more about the event.
My friend Lisa (my step-daughter Shanna's BFF) posted the following reflection piece on Facebook later that day regarding the school event. Speaking from a mother's heart and point-of-view, it is heartbreaking to think of what her sweet boy is experiencing everyday by simply attending school. When I asked her if I could share it on my blog, Lisa graciously said yes. Please feel free to share it with your children, as a reminder on what it feels like to be on the receiving end. Brady and kids like him (or kids who are experiencing being bullied period) are doing their best. When we are insensitive, mean or bullying, we are not doing our best.
It is true, we all have somebody that we can look down on, like the "Jesus Was a Capricorn" song points out. It is also true that being cruel and unkind is a choice. Today, choose to fill your heart with love and kindness ... peace on earth truly begins with individuals; with you and with me. And, please join me in lifting up Brady, Lisa and their family in prayer.
Thank you so much,
Thank you, again, for all the lovely, heartfelt comments."
Those are wise words, Lisa and I needed the reminder for myself as well. A few bad apples can spoil the whole bunch, at least in reputation. I am glad that you pointed out that there are so many others at Oly who are kind and supportive to Brady, including our own grandsons. We all wish Brady much happiness at his new school next fall. Thank you for beginning this important discussion and sharing it with us all in such public forums ... on Facebook and on here. ~ Kathy M.
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