With Mother’s Day upon us I have been reflecting on what it means to me that I am about to be someone’s mother. It’s easy for me to get caught up in the “mothering” aspects of what it will be to raise William. I can envision the hugs, kisses, the nursing of his boo-boo’s, the use of the word “no” a million times when he is small (and big), and the countless ways I will provide for and nurture him.
It is the bigger things that are weighing heavy on my heart these days. How will I teach him the things that are most important? How will I stress to him how crucial it will be for him to accept and believe in himself? How will I prepare him for a world that can be cruel and heartless at times?
It is so important to me that he grow up understanding and believing that all people are equal. No matter religion, race, sexual preference, political affiliation, socioeconomic status – we are all equal.
I am committed to raising William to be a man of integrity and honor. It is important to me that he understand that he has an obligation to help those less fortunate, to stand up for his beliefs and to treat others as equals.
We have no way of knowing who William will be. I don’t know what rights he may have to fight for in his life. But I do know one thing. I don’t want him to grow up in a world where he may be persecuted for who he loves. I don’t want him stripped of the same rights as his fellow man in the name of religion. I want him to know that God is love and to know God is to live love.