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Monday, December 8, 2014

THAT ONE PERCENT

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lanning a social justice intensive day for teens can be just as intense as participating.  My teenage sister always reminds me that it must be fun.

How does one make such serious topics fun??  I am for real struggling with this aspect of the program.  My teens have said they are having fun.  But even that makes me think that I must not be digging deep enough.


I know I am giving my 99.9% every day to my teens but keeping that .01% for myself.  Why?  I think it's because I need it.  I mean really need it like on some survival type levels.

That .01% is comprised of pain, tears and "I can't believe how f-ck-d up things are in this country."    

It's the .01% that allows me to press forward.  

It's the part where forgiveness for foolishness lives. 

It's the part that consoles.  It's the part where compassion for their reckless behavior is stored.  It's the part that I feel like I need just to scroll through my social media timelines without completely losing it.

I mean damn.  How much more must we take?  How many more brothers and sisters gotta be brutalized before it stops??

When things become a little less f-ck-d up and police "stop killing us," that is when I won't have to lean so heavily on that .01%.  At least I hope so.

Trust levels of "authority" remain undetected and in untraceable amounts.  I'm turning into a cynic.

You know that image of the twelve year old boy, giving free hugs and photographed hugging a police officer?  My first thought wasn't a warm and fuzzy feeling that change was near.

No.  My first thought was concerning the little boy and just how easy it would be for that officer to plant some drugs on him.  I know.  Horrible, right?

Well, that's what happens when you've read too many tweets and seen too many bodies in the streets...

That .01%, is strong enough to stand in the belief that change is still possible.

  


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