The other day, River came home excitedly telling me about a civil rights story she read at school. She intimately knew the main character, Henry, and everything he went through. When explaining the story to me, she seemed at ease, confident, not just in her ability to relay a story, but that the history she was recounting is now over.
While I find it difficult to swallow as she speaks optimistically about the America we now have, these stories are an easy beginning—or continuum, in our generation’s case—to the difficult discussion of equal rights and rightful praise for black people this month….
10. Wilma Unlimited
Have you read any of these books with your children?
I want to add, I think now, more than ever, we need to be honest with our kids about our difference, while filling them up with kindness and love for everyone. River sees differences between herself and her friends, and these obvious, normally physical dissimilarities, make her love them even more intensely. She still has childlike joy and innocence in her heart, but she is carrying this with a more mature confidence.
I want to always be the one who teaches my children the tough things about life. It’s our duty as parents, and is the highest honor, to raise capable, smart, joyful, accepting, and loving humans. None of that comes from silence. When we talk about hard things, they get it. They always will.