Last year I took this picture of the sweet kids attending a splash party at
my next-door neighbor's house. Different ages, girls and boys, from different
ethnic backgrounds. All playing together. All having fun.
These kids, and kids like them all across our nation are the future. It's up
to us to ensure that their future is a bright and a happy one.
Over the course of the last few days, we have watched in terror at the
events happening in our own beloved country. We recently celebrated
the birthday of our nation with hot dogs and fireworks, parades and
family gatherings. A joyful time of year. Yet just a few days later
there was bloodshed. People losing their lives because they are
different. A tragic and unnecessary waste of precious human lives.
Here is a photo of some of the children in my classroom at Sacred Heart.
They were from a variety of nations and all skin colors were represented.
I had forty-five children in my class. All ranges of skin tone from the very
fairest of blondes to the very dark skinned and brunette haired. Different
religions were represented too. Christian, Muslim, Hindu and others.
The common denominator was that we were all one classroom. We
studied, played and worked together. Oh sure, there were the typical
childhood issues and squabbles, but it was not about race. We were a
team with a common goal. That is what I taught them.
The kids from my classroom are all adults now. Those kids at the party
are still young with their whole lives ahead of them. What I pray for is
that all children, adults and the elderly everywhere live in peace. In our
current climate, that seems like an impossible goal. However, I do
believe that there is one very easy way to reach that goal and it is to
The Golden Rule
Treat others as you wish to be treated.
Perhaps that may sound too simplistic. Shouldn't there be
discussions and focus groups working to find a way for peace?
How could something be so easy? I think it can be easy. If each of
us were to consider the implications of our actions and treat each
other the way we ourselves would like, harm would cease.
Simplicity should never be underestimated. In science for example,
the principle of Occam's Razor is often used. This principle states
that ~ one should not make more assumptions than the minimum
My Lord and Savior told us to do this. But one does not have to
be a Christian to follow this rule. It is taught in many other faiths
We can put this rule into play and start living our lives in peace, or we can
choose to ignore this rule and continue living in chaos, terror and tragedy.
The choice is ours.
May God Bless America and bring an end to this needless bloodshed.
Susan and Bentley