One of my favorite things is to watch my eleven month old, twin boys eat. Partly because they love eating so much, but mainly because I love them so much. This morning, however, while I started out grinning as they happily stuffed themselves . . . I suddenly found myself crying. From the moment I first read the news I haven’t stopped thinking about George Floyd until today . . . when I started thinking about his mother.
One of the worst things I can imagine is having one of my children need me and not being able to get to them. My heart shatters into smaller and smaller pieces every time I try to imagine what it would feel like to be George Floyd’s mother. To not only know that her baby needed her, but to have the whole world watching an actual video of her baby crying out her name with his last, desperate breaths. And she couldn’t be there. Couldn’t have even known he needed her until the ultimate too late.
I am sitting here looking at my beautiful, happy, baby boys and I am sobbing.
To George Floyd’s mother, in honor of her beautiful boy, I make these promises: I will do everything in my power to raise my children to recognize and stand up against injustice. I will not just tell them, I will show them how we are strengthened and made wiser by respect and appreciation for our differences. I will not just teach them how to use both their resources and advantages in life to help others, I will live as an example for them to follow. And, when they are old enough, I will teach them his name.
May he rest while we put in the work to create peace.