a wonderful time of year! It's a time for picnics, outdoor play,
open concerts, vacations, BBQs, picnics with friends and family. It is
a time to relax and enjoy the sounds and pleasures that surround us. I
love to listen to the birds, the bees, children playing, the sound of
music from somewhere, the pound of a hammer from the next block, the
click, click of a bike pedaling up the hill, the blast of a motorcycle
accelerating down the lane, the whir of a lawn mower and the merriment
from a neighborhood party. I want to be outside and often take
my computer to the patio or deck just to drink in the air, the sounds,
We are approaching
another Independence Day and it troubles me. I cherish the
freedoms my country offers me. Yet it is not so for all.
While it is easy to come into my yard, close the gate and shut out
others' struggles, the pain and despair of many of our citizens
unsettles my quiet and ease. Some live in fear, some live with
hunger, some have no home, some have little to wear, while some
are just so disenchanted they have given up. I worry for our
children. The provocation of one to another, the absence of a safe
harbor, the ease toward violence, the display of hate and bias in talk
and action, the presence of bigotry and deception have all become
models our children see and often emulate.
Violence does not
occur in a vacuum. We are all responsible and that is what
saddens me most. We parents, educators, adults have allowed this
to happen by turning a deaf ear, by ignoring a difficult child, by
being unwilling to spend the energy and time when growing children and
students have needed us the most and yes, by going into a garden and
closing the gate. Friends, families, coworkers of perpetrators
of violence have not come forward when destructive signs are
present. We need to ask ourselves why this happens. Perhaps they
themselves do not feel safe, perhaps they are afraid of ridicule,
perhaps they think no one will believe them, perhaps they don't want
to get involved. We are all involved! It starts with our
children. We need to give guidance, love, respect and attendance no
matter who the child is or what his circumstances. We need to be the model a child should emulate and grow into. Let us not turn
our backs on a child as the violence we see today starts
Independence Day provides all in our nation an
opportunity to re-examine the humanity and respect we have for each other,
especially our children.
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