Well, well, well… It’s been a hot minute hasn’t it? Let me be honest with you all; I lost motivation to keep up with blogging and such. I have a plan though! My idea is to do a wave of blogs, like a season, then take a break for some time so I won’t melt my brain. I’m not sure how many blogs I will post in Season 2. But, I do know that I am ready to start writing a bit again! So, how about we start this thing up?
Today, we celebrate the women in our lives. As I am joyous that I have such amazing, wonderful women who impact my life in many, many ways, my heart hurts today. I think about how grateful and blessed I am. I have my mom, grandmother, aunts, sister, cousins, friends, neighbors, coworkers, who are all able to enjoy this day. Unfortunately, not everyone has the same blessings. I want to focus on a particular group: DACA children.
NPR conducted an interview with White House Chief of Staff, John Kelly (the transcript of the interview can be found here). Say what you want about your opinion on the subject. I want to focus on the heart of what Mr. Kelly is saying. After reading the interview, the last few questions were about individuals, specifically mothers with children, coming to the United States illegally. Attorney General Jeff Sessions said that when these people get caught, the parent (mother of the children), will be arrested while the children will be sent to a juvenile shelter (soundbite quote can be found here).
Mr. Kelly acknowledged that “the vast majority of the people that move illegally into United States are not bad people. They’re not criminals.” But, he did state that couldn’t “easily assimilate into the United States into our modern society.” That just doesn’t sit well with me. They couldn’t assimilate? Teach a man to fish.
My heart already hurt… and then I got to the last question about separating families.
NPR: Even though people say that’s cruel and heartless to take a mother away from her children?
Kelly: I wouldn’t put it quite that way. The children will be taken care of — put into foster care or whatever. But the big point is they elected to come illegally into the United States and this is a technique that no one hopes will be used extensively or for very long.
Put into foster care OR WHATEVER?! Come on, seriously? You think they would have to know that there would be a great, enormous chance of emotional and psychological consequences for this action. There has to be a better way. We have to be better than this.
So, today, I know I am blessed. I know I am thankful. But, with all that is going on I will be humble because today there are children without a mother like the DACA children. I hope we all wrestle with this idea of taking family members away from each other.
For you women out there: mothers, grandmothers, aunts, sisters, cousins, friends, coworkers, significant others, thank you. You do not have to be a mother to have an impact on someone’s life. I can tell you that I have a blood mother and I also have a second, third, forth, fifth mother. They are all around. I thank you. You deserve to hear this on more than just today.
We love you. We are grateful. You shine light into our lives.
Happy Mother’s Day.