Yesterday was MLK Jr. Day, and I decided to give my children a basic explanation as to why this day (and in particular this man) is such an important part of history.
We talked about how we're all the same and yet we're all different (noting differences between family members and friends); how there used to be rules making people with brown skin use different restaurants, schools, and bathrooms; how not nice and unfair that was; how Martin Luther King Jr. (and many other men and women) worked hard to change that so that now we can all be together.
**I don't claim that we were particularly eloquent, or even that we gave the correct amount of information to a newly five-year-old and two-and-a-half-year-old, but we tried.**
My husband went on to mention Barrack Obama and what a big step it is to (finally) have an African-American as the president of our country. And then my sweet, little two-year-old, with her wide eyes and serious tone said, "And Barracka Bama can't use the baffroom."
Pretty sure she missed the point of our discussion. [No, Paige, Barrack Obama can use the bathroom now.]
Hope you all enjoyed a long weekend, and took a moment (or many moments) to think about the man who fought to make this country a greater place to live.
Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. - Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.