I decided to enter this post in this weeks Mama Kat's Writer's Workshop:
#1.) Time for your tangent…what is your latest complaint?
I love Sundays, it is one of the best days of the week. Hubby and I finally found a church we both enjoy. You would think finding a church in Atlanta would be easy, it's not! We church hopped off and on for the past 5 years since moving to Atlanta, and even joined 2 churches we thought we loved. We called ourselves fondly, Professional Church Joiners and New Member Class Experts!:)
The message today was about finding your uniqueness, and sharing it with others, real good stuff right? Until I got home and was sadly faced with the reality of life.
We just moved into our neighborhood and for the most part the people who speak to us are very friendly. My children have an endearing friend up the street (who I will call for the sake of anonymity, Jenny), she rides the bus with my middle schooler. After the blizzard Friday here in Georgia (it's was a 1/2 inch of snow) Jenny and my 3 kids have been playing together everyday. So, driving in from church today Sydney, my daughter who is already very fond of Jenny, screams out, "Mommy, I see Jenny, I see Jenneeeeeyyyyyy, can I go play?" Of course I say, "Yes!" Excited that she has a friend on the block. All 3 of my kids go outside for another day of snow and play, when a good 3 minutes later they abruptly come back inside. Confused I say, "What are you guys doing back so soon?"
They said, "Jenny can't play with us right now because she didn't want to be rude to her friend Susie (anonymity again), who was visiting her Grandpa across the street and he does not like Black people, so she can't play with us right now." They said it so matter of fact, my mouth I'm sure was hanging open. I was um, shocked, saddened, dismayed, and I'm sure a host of some other emotions I can't think of right now; I just wanted to cry! Until, I looked at them and realized they didn't care, they were simply waiting for Susie to leave so they could play with Jenny.
When Jenny came back over after Susie went home and the kids went out to play, I was still feeling some kind of way, until Hubby looks at me and says, "Honey if it's not an issue for you, it won't be an issue for them."
So, I took my kids lead and have been working on not being angry at Grandpa's racism!!!
I put my mind back on the pastor's message today about Loving my neighbor, I think when I see that racist Grandpa Man again I'm gonna give him a good ole' fashion hug and kiss:)