Monday, April 15, 2013

boston and motherhood

I’m sitting here watching the television coverage of the Boston Marathon bombing, like most of the world. My son, is sitting in the floor in front of me playing with his cars, trains, and blocks. The irony is not lost on me of this moment. Here is something tragic, sad, and scary occurring in our world, and his biggest concern is filling his dump truck with blocks. He isn’t aware of the situation, he has no idea what is going on, his innocence is still perfectly intact. Thank God.

How to we raise our children in a world that is full of ugliness, hatred, and sin? How do we teach them that despite what the world does, you should LOVE your neighbor as yourself.

I know that one day, far before I am ready, I will have to face tough moments with my son. I will have to explain, as best as I can, why bombs go off while people are running marathons, why planes are purposefully flown into buildings, or why children are shot in their elementary school. This is the world my son will grow up in. This is the only world he will know. And that is terrifying to me as a mother.

I would hope, that in those tough moments, I can teach my son about grace. I hope I can teach him that in the midst of these horrific situations, there are heroes who are helping others. And that in the middle of the tragedy, there is good. And he should be that good.
I really don’t care if Landon wants to be a doctor, lawyer, or politician. What I care about is my son’s heart. I care that he knows what it means to love other people. I care that he has a kind and giving spirit. I care that he is good, in a world where there is bad.

Lets face it, being a mom in this scary world is just that….scary.

"When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, "Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping." To this day, especially in times of "disaster," I remember my mother's words and I am always comforted by realizing that there are still so many helpers -- so many caring people in this world." -Fred Rogers

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