I've been thinking a lot about the facebook exchange I posted yesterday, and now that I've had time to calm down--I have some more thoughts on the matter.
First of all, I am not proud of how I responded. This teenager was rude, inconsiderate, and downright mean, and I got angry. While I think that my comments were still in bounds, I need to work on not getting mad about this kind of ignorance, but just teaching in a loving, respectful way. It seems counterproductive for me to want to teach the world about inclusion and acceptance if I get mad when people don't like the lesson.
The hard part is that this issue revolves around MY BABY, and I don't want her to get hurt. But unfortunately, getting hurt is part of life, and I need to learn to control my reaction so that my children can learn how to handle mean people in a kind way too. This is going to be hard to do! But I promised Miss Banana I would do whatever I could to make the world a better place for her and responding in kindness to the haters is part of that.
I appreciate everyone's reassuring comments and the encouragement to keep working towards the elimination of that word. I am so grateful for all the good people in the world that make any effort to be more understanding, more considerate, more kind to those who are different from them. To all of you who set a good example of love and kindness--THANK YOU!!!
3 days ago