Held by small hands with big bright smiles
Was the nourishment of the body that allowed the soul to not feel empty
Inside the purple plastic bags were the screams of hunger being silenced
The smiles on the children holding them made by possible by the
Hope that they held in those purple bags
That someone cared about them and the endless possibility of who they will be
When they are not hungry for food but only for knowledge
That is what went through my mind as I saw kids in my district, the district of Teslas and second hand cars in the parking lot of the school, who qualify for free lunch last week as they carried these plastic purple bags at the end of the day on a Friday. I was to learn this is food for those kids because sometimes these are the only meals they get so they get it to take for the weekends ... so they DO NOT GO HUNGRY.
Yes in my, rated most expensive and highest taxed suburb in America, there are towns like mine which are a melting pot of native born citizens, immigrants, mixed parental lineage, heterosexual, homosexual parents. Our kids play together, play sports on the same teams, they encourage each other at events and overall they do not always know who among their friends are anything other than well their friends.
We are a perfect example how this mix is successful in a school and in creating a community. Yet as I watched those kids on Friday I cried before I returned to my son's class. To the many parents who were there like me, taking time off from work or from taking care of their homes, to be there for our kids. We may not speak the same language but we understood each other through smiles and our commitment to our children. This on the same day that a cruel budget was put out by the current administration. It is a not a deficit reduction, not a balanced budget it is just a series of cruel budget that cuts things like free lunches for many, after and before school programs, clean environment, the arts, PBS where many who cannot afford the fancy pre-school classes are getting their preparation and many other things. Things that make us a great society.
We do not need more bombs, we need to treat our veterans well and make sure that our soldiers are well equipped.
So this is not going to be a long anti anything blog. It is about what we as individuals define as important and what we want to show our kids as important. To that end we can all change our world in small ways to make it better and in big ways through our activism with our elected officials.
I am going to do that with small actions. I am not a wealthy woman but I will be helping those kids with small donations to cover the things in school like pizza parties that maybe their parents do not have $4 to give.
Those purple bags broke my heart but renewed my spirit. We are not a budget or budget cuts as individuals we are who we choose to be and I choose to be kind.
"...for purple mountains majesty above the fruited plains.. America, America God shed his grace on thee and crown thy hood with brotherhood from sea to shining sea".... America The Beautiful