Stop the Hate

16 Jun

The past several days, unfortunately, have been an opportunity to talk with my daughter about hate.  Orlando, Fl has been the scene of three awful events, two of which were rooted in pure evil.  It’s hard enough for an adult to grasp and understand, let alone an eight year-old.

Every news outlet is showing images and telling stories of what happened.  All you can do is shake your head in disbelief and wonder what in the world is going on.  It seems like a light switch has been turned on and events like this happen all too frequently.

A child sees this and starts to think everything is bad and scary.  She starts to question if someone is going to shoot her and if it’s okay to leave the house.  I try to reassure her there are still plenty of nice and good people out there but honestly, I struggle to believe that myself.

I don’t understand what happened.  It seems like there’s hate everywhere and it makes me sad.  I want my daughter to grow up safe and happy, not scared and withdrawn.  We all need to come together and figure out a way to address the anger and get back on track.

I’m not saying we should all hold hands and sing, “Kumbaya”, but we need to accept and embrace our differences, work on compromise, and stop the judging and divide.

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