Former First Lady, Michelle Obama and the Actress-Activist Tracee Ellis Ross
At the store this morning, I started up a conversation with a man behind me in the check out line. He looked tired, and I soon found out why…
“My wife had a baby on Wednesday night,” he said, “a little girl.”
“You’re kidding! I had my 65th birthday on Wednesday,” I replied.
That surprised and pleased him. He added that they already have a 2 year old son, and this little girl will complete their happy family. His smile stretched from pierced ear to pierced ear. His cart overflowed with baby stuff, He also had a bouquet of red tulips and a yellow Tonka truck… presumably for his wife and their little boy.
I try to embrace “diversity and individualism” but some kinds of “diversity and individuality” are easier to embrace than others. And piercings and tattoos are not my personal preference. Nonetheless, I had to admit that the man behind me radiated all the IMPORTANT “good daddy attributes”.
I walked in the same direction as him through the parking lot, and I caught a glimpse of an energetic little guy bouncing in the front seat of an older model sedan. A woman I assumed to be the boy’s mother cuddled her pink-blanketed bundle of joy… she was conventional-looking with flowing chestnut hair… She waved at her husband, and he hurried to her side. Their happiness touched me.
The young family stayed on my mind. And today, I watched a video that I wish I had seen as a new mother. In fact, I hope everyone on the planet will watch it. The 40 minute clip features former First Lady, Michelle Obama and the Actress-Activist Tracee Ellis Ross having a conversation on stage at the “United State of Women Summit 2018”, in Los Angeles, CA.
The two celebrated women speak about the importance of helping children to keep the openness they are born with and to use their unique voices. They believe children come into the world with no negativity… but it doesn’t take long for others’ opinions to influence them. Obviously, the children who are shown love and acceptance fare best. Good mommies and daddies raise strong-minded sons and daughters who have values, work hard., and do not feel threatened by differences… They thrive on change.
The father whose path briefly crossed mine, and the words spoken by Michelle Obama and Tracee Ellis Ross reminded me once again, to be accepting of change… and respectful of others’ differences and personal choices.