What does it mean to be free? I stand here now. Will you stand with me? Let’s show our children what it means to be free.
Today, on Memorial Day, we honor those who sacrificed their lives so that we can be free. We are the home of the free because of the brave and we owe it to the ones who have passed to live our lives in full color, free in every way.
Today, I am free to walk and talk, read and write, laugh and dance. And I will do it.
Today, I am free to hug my children and hold them close, savoring the hands that hold my own. And I will do it.
Today, I am free to speak out of turn and then apologize if I’ve offended. And I will do it.
Today, I am free to put on a bathing suit, jump in the pool with my kids, and swim. No one is holding me back but me, so I will do it.
Today, I am free to make friends with whomever I choose no matter their gender, color, sexual orientation, educational stratus or socio-economic condition. And I will do it.
Today, I can go to church or go to worship in the woods or even stay home and see God in the faces of my children. And I will do it.
Today, I am free to drop perfection like the bad habit it was and I’m free to live this messy, colorful life.
Today, I am free to extend grace, open my arms, and even though it’s sometimes hard, I’m free to keep my head turned to the sun.
Today, I am free to live the life of my dreams and you know what? I will do it. Rise up. Will you stand with me?
Thanks for Mothering the Divide with me today, as we honor those who sacrificed for our freedom by living our lives totally free and showing our children how to do the same.