Dr. Martin Luther King, a Tribute: Dreams for Our Children Today
In honor of Dr. King and his dream: 10 moms of today share their hopes and dreams for their own children.
-April Daniels Hussar
“I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character.”
As we remember and celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., I am always drawn back to the part of his seminal “I Have a Dream” speech where he talks of his children, and his hopes for their future. It’s something every parent can relate to – our biggest dreams being reserved for that part of our heart that lives outside of us, our babies.
What is my dream for my own daughter? And do I believe that the future of our world is bright enough for those dreams to come true?
My dream for my Isabella is that she grows up with a sense of possibility, that she knows internal strength and confidence, that she never feels a lack of love or support. I dream that she will be bold, and kind, and compassionate, and that the doors that she knocks on will open to her as equally as they would to anyone else.
Am I hopeful?
That’s a tougher question – there is so much to be frightened of and discouraged about in the world … but ultimately, yes, I do have hope. I believe in the basic goodness of humanity, and, though sometimes it feels like we’re moving at a snail’s pace – with many steps back as we stride forward, I do believe that we are moving toward a better world. I may watch Mad Med and drool over the clothes, but I thank God I’m not raising my daughter in that world of not-so-long ago, a world rife with racism and sexism. It really wasn’t that long ago.
Thank you, Dr. King, for being so integral a person in the creation of today’s world, the world my daughter has inherited.
In his honor, I asked nine other moms to share their own dreams for their children, and asked them if they feel hopeful about their childrens’ future in today’s world…
Cathy Hale, www.MommyQ.com
What do you dream for your children?
My dream is for my children to become the people they are meant to be. Whether my boys are destined to be musicians or artists or athletes or philanthropists, I hope they embrace their dreams and live life to the fullest. I hope they try to shine in the face of adversity and do not feel discouraged when obstacles appear to be insurmountable. My dream for them is to be confident in who they are and never feel an ounce of regret when they look back on their own lives.
Do you have hope for their future, in today’s world?
Even in this topsy-turvy world, I have tremendous hope for a bright future for my children. Despite the tragedies, suffering, pain and sadness we face as a society, the world is still brimming with loving, generous, kindhearted, amazing people. I know so many fantastic parents who not only do everything in their power to make the world a better place for their own kids, but also for everyone in their community and beyond. This kind of genuine love and compassion fuels my hope for a brighter future for us all.
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