It has been a long week. I know I don’t need to tell any of you that. We’re all wondering how the world has become this, and how to keep the people we love safe.
I drove my people to swim practice this morning and wondered that very thing. How in God’s name can I keep you safe when the world is so very upside down?
My kids could follow all the rules. They can do everything I’ve taught them, and they still might end up dead.
These are my boys.
Or it was, three years ago. They’re not nearly this “cute” anymore. Overnight, their voices changed, they grew as tall as I did, and they are now viewed as a threat.
These are the boys I know. These are the boys I picture in my mind’s eye when they come and ask me if they can go play ball at the park. I had to stop that this week. I had to focus on seeing them the way the world sees them.
I have to do that to save their lives.
As I drove down the road this morning, contemplating all of this, wondering where they would ever be safe again, the one with his eyes closed in the pic began to sing along with the radio.
Settle down, it’ll all be clear
Don’t pay no mind to the demons
They fill you with fear
The trouble it might drag you down
If you get lost, you can always be found
Just know you’re not alone
‘Cause I’m going to make this place your home
Home. For now, he’s safe in our home. Outside of it, I will keep talking. I will keep advocating. I will keep being their ally. I will keep finding new ways to keep them safe.
I have to. Their lives depend on it.
–FullPlateMom, who is praying for peace.