I'm sure this is the first of hundreds of these conversations with my kids. It came to mind more today with the whole Duck Dynasty thing and a random recent conversation. I was talking to a friend and we were talking about what school we were going to next, I mentioned one place and I got the look. She was concerned the whole Mormon thing, though the Jewish thing would probably be okay. We talked and I don't think that will be a big deal but it did remind me of what I went through as a child.
My family was interfaith jumble, and dramatically different cultures as well. My mother was Puerto Rican, born right in Old San Juan. My father was raised in a small town in Texas with like maybe a hundred and fifty other people it seemed like. Both places are very beautiful filled with beautiful people. My paternal grandmother and grandfather did not attend my parents wedding because she was Hispanic. When I was born I was given my Maternal Grandmother's name (my 1/2 sister carries my Paternal Grandma's name) and because of that as a small child I was really hated by my maternal grandmother. It got so nasty that my mother and father couldn't leave me with her for 5 minutes alone. I still have nightmares. That was the first time I realized what it was like to be hated for something you never did wrong.
When I was younger I wanted to change the world but the world is not black and white. Art Spiegalman's Mause was criticized because of the simplicity. The innocents were mice and the evil ones were cats. The world isn't that way and changing the world for better is not so simple. One thing I am doing is looking more into my heart trying to take a hard look at who I am. There is always personal room for improvement. I can't change the world but I can affect my sphere of influence, which is namely my kids. I want them to learn to love people and to stand up for good even when it is difficult.
I met one of my heroes recently. Her name is Mimi Gladstein and she is just an amazing women. One of the neatest things she has done, is choosing the quotes for the wall of tolerance at the El Paso Holocaust Museum They are amazing and the words I will just continue to try to live by the rest of my life. They are why I felt like I wanted to say something tonight.