In my last blog I talked about what diversity is. I asked, “What comes to mind when you hear the word ‘diversity’?”, suggesting anything from gender equality to ethnic diversification. We looked at how diversity relates to perspective, courage, and reconciliation. Then we considered how diversity is not tokenism, patronization, or sameness.
What comes to mind when you hear the word “diversity”? Is it gender equality and women’s rights? Is it immigration and our chaotic Southern border? Is it denominational inclusion and capital “C” Church unity? Is it graciously entertaining differences in opinion or religion? Or, for you, is it racial equality and ethnic diversification?
Is it just me, or do stores seem to stock their shelves WAY too early for each big holiday and upcoming calendar event? As a teacher, the worst is when school supplies pop up in stores everywhere the first week of July!
“You just called me an idiot.” With eyes so wide they almost popped out of their sockets, my adolescent daughter immediately responded as if horrified, “No I didn’t. I would never call you an idiot.” But there was no mistaking that tone. It said “idiot” loud and clear.
I got my first cell phone when I was nearly thirty years old. It was a piece of technology about the size of a candy bar, which I used only to make phone calls. A couple years later I also began using my phone for sending text messages — a laborious process requiring me to press the number key correlating with my desired letter (for example, to say “hi.” I’d press the number four twice for “h” to appear, then three more times for the letter “i”).
Google the phrase “mommy wars” and you’ll find a long list of blogs and articles defending working mothers, others advocating for women to stay in the home, and many calling us all to “just get along!”.
This time of year there are so many wonderful and momentous events—Mother’s day, graduations, weddings, end of the school year award assemblies, and on and on. They seem to revolve around the parenting world with all its responsibilities and implications.
Spring is in full swing in Oklahoma! Grilling season has commenced, daylight has lengthened, the flowers are beginning to bloom, and the unfortunate smell of bradford pear trees fill the air. Aw yes, there’s nothing like it.