Covering Hate With Love

This is something that happened last year, but I came across these pictures and wanted to share it. I find it more timely than ever.

This is hateful graffiti that was left at my children’s elementary school.

Yes, I know the original origins and meaning behind this symbol, but I think it’s a safe bet that when you see it scrawled on public property, the intent is pretty clear.  It isn’t there in order to celebrate a sacred symbol. It’s there to express hate.

We contacted the school, but the kiddos were walking past it for weeks. You can see how it was right by the sidewalk. It really hurt my soul.

So one day after school, I gathered up my girls, some paint that I had on hand, and I painted it over with a heart. The girls were there, but didn’t touch it. I have strong feelings about respect and not touching property that isn’t your own, but I have stronger feelings about seeing a swastika every day on your way to school. That’s just ridiculous.

I covered it. We had some pretty in-depth discussion about emotions, respect, and how love is stronger than hate. This stayed up for a couple of weeks until the city eventually painted over it with a better, more permanent solution. It was a small thing, but it an important one. Love to you, friends!

 

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Thank You, Delivery Workers! <3

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I saw this somewhere, and the idea touched my heart. I wanted to thank those who were working so hard during this holiday season to bring us our packages.

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Every time I go outside, find a package, and see a missing treat, it feels like Santa has taken a bite out the Christmas cookies we left for him! It’s a special kind of magic. Merry Christmas! May you all have a wonderful holiday with those you love. ❤

This Is What Love Looks Like

I’m under some pretty intense deadlines and other stresses. How do you eat an elephant? You unhinge your jaw and try to devour all of it at once. Naturally.

I came home from an unscheduled grocery store run (Arg, it ate up half an hour I didn’t intend to lose!) to this beautiful spread by Middlest.

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“You need to eat, Mom. You forgot all morning.”

This is what love looks like.