Letter to the Editor - Teaching our children

Teaching our children

Can I do anything meaningful, helpful? At 56 years old, I am raising a child again. She is 7. I am a full-time, stay-at-home mom and homemaker. It is my job to take care of my child’s basic needs such as roof, food, clothes, health care. But since I am her mother and not her babysitter, it is also my responsibility to show and teach her kindness, tolerance, self-control and critical thinking. Is it enough? Am I doing my part to make the world a better place? To stand up against injustice?

I was an active member of the PTA. I was a voting delegate to conventions for different organizations. I chaired committees and held office in good-works charities and municipal boards. I testified before a State Senate committee.

I wrote three ordinances currently on the books. I attended peaceful protests. I wrote letters to the editor. Various issues. Many places. Different times.

My current circumstances limit my ability and desire to join with activists, attend meetings, march. But I can tell my young child that hate is always wrong. By my own behavior, I can show her or that I am not a racist or a sexist or a bigot of any stripe. I can tell her as many times that I tell her to look both ways before crossing the street that bigotry is wrong; intolerance is wrong; hate is wrong.

Is it enough?

Ruth Fenton


Related Posts
Students learn ATV safety
No image
Machias Area Little League registration closing March 24
Ballads of Newfoundland to be shared at Calais Celtic Concert