To our children

Dear Children,

Right now, you are young. You are innocent and you are sheltered from the ways of the world. Right now, we are working to instill small life lessons in you that will grow with you as you grow.

God is good.
Credit is bad.
Life is about choices.
The most important part about falling is getting back up.
Things break. It happens. But they can never be put back together in the exact same way.

You come from a family that believes in fewer taxes, a smaller government, and being successful is something you should strive for and be proud of. We are too proud to ask for handouts, as we will always find a way to make it happen on our own- or not happen at all. You also come from a family that is generation stacked upon generation of small business owners and who send almost half their money back to our government in taxes. Both in life and in death.

You come from a family that whole-heartedly supports our military. We thank them for their hard work as we see them. Just like we thank the police officers for keeping us safe. We recognize that the money we pay in taxes goes to support them and their families.

We mourn when a life is lost in the line of duty.
We pray for them.
We pray for their families.
We acknowledge their service to us.

You come from a family that is fairly conservative. Not so much so that we stomp on others that believe differently, rather, we accept that they are different from us and have value in this world.

We all have value in this world and everyone has worth in the room. It is rude to ignore people and unacceptable in this household.

We give to charities we believe in. We do not give to United Way for the same reason we believe in fewer taxes. We believe that unions once had their place, but that place is gone now that laws are in place to protect workers. Unions are now part of the machine that adds to the problem of making things happen.

Your family votes.
Your family is patriotic.
Your family prays for health and well-being of others. Your family prays for you to be an asset to society.

It is with these things in mind that I want to tell you what happened last night. Our country spoke and elected a man to be President for four more years that acts, thinks, and believes differently than we do. His new laws will impact the financial aspect of your parents careers. They will impact your future- though, to what degree, we will not know until the future is upon us.

Some of our friends are happy for their children's future.
Some of our friends mourn the debt that their children will have to carry in their future.
Some of our friends are elated, while others are devastated.

Everyone has worth in the room and to be surrounded by people with identical opinions leads to tyranny.

We will remain where we always remain- patriotic and holding a belief in this country. We will take it one day at a time with the knowledge that we will continue to raise you with these simple life lessons in the hopes that you will develop your own opinions about the world and maybe try and change things that you see are wrong.

We do not hold a crystal ball and cannot predict the future.

But, it is like we tell you every day: Things break. It happens. But they can never be put back together in the exact same way.

Maybe for the better. Maybe for the worse. 

All of our dearest friends have differing opinions than your family about many things- we will embrace their beliefs as everyone has a right to believe. That is why we continue to live in the greatest country in the world.  

We will continue to pray for our troops, our police officers, our country, and our friends and family. 

We will hope for a future that involves healthy and happy children growing up to become assets to society and positive additions to new groups and your future families.


With all the love in the world,

Mom

Comments

This made me tear up! Very well put.
Beth Cannon said…
Amen! Well said and so true. Glad to call you my friend!
Beth Cannon
BettieBoyd said…
Rachel, you have written so well and truly today.
Anonymous said…
Couldn't have written--or thought it--better myself. It's a keeper. --nb
OH Rachel! This is amazing. Fantastic. So well written. Your letter echoes our hearts. Thank you!
tarheelmom said…
Just happened upon your blog and loved your post! I couldn't have said it better myself! But one thing that gives some inkling of hope...that only half of the country elected the man in charge.
The Steffens said…
"everyone has value in the room" How beautiful a sentiment and one I wish more people believed. Love this post (this comment coming from a lefty lefter)