Everything begins at home and home begins with homemakers. I’ve said that before, but I am reminding myself of it today in light of the upcoming election. It’s difficult as an American right now to not feel a sense of impending doom as we are days away from learning which flavor of dishonest corruption will be next in running our country.
The thing is, both candidates are so far removed from the America I live in (and not just physically, since I live in Alaska). You know who is not in my home, training my boys on how to respect women? Donald. You know who is not raising my boys on what honesty looks like in action? Hilary. They’re not raising up the next generation of Americans– we are. You and I.
While money and power seem to be the currency of our next president, whoever they may be, I am thankful for my America: the community of good people around me who show that the little, often mundane, things are what drive change.
I am the one to show my boys what kindness and respect for all people looks like in everyday life. Willy is the one who shows our boys what it is to work hard for an income and work hard to serve others for no pay at all. Our boys see me do laundry, cooking, cleaning, day after day after day, and they know it’s because I come to the end of myself in order to lift my family up. They see that Grandpa’s money is pretty tight… because he gave more free medical care to patients in need than he could actually afford.
I know there are so many of you out there showing your friends and family this same America. How am I so sure? Because we have been the recipients of so much generosity. Cancer stunk. But the abundance of opportunities to explain to our boys what it really means for this person or that person to spare 50 bucks and send it in the mail to someone they’d never met… is what will make America great. I don’t know the political affiliation of the people who gave to us, and it doesn’t matter. America is made up of millions of individuals. Someone in their home was moved to share and acted on it. No law or politician or policy made them do it.
Everything begins at home and home begins with homemakers. Whatever sort of homemaker you are, you are teaching the next generation of Americans. Show the people around you, whether they are your kids or your co-workers, what it looks like to get beyond yourself and love your neighbor: cook a meal for someone in need, smile and be kind to the people you encounter, donate money when given the opportunity. Small and persistent. That’s how I want the boys to view global change.
I know this is a bit of a preachy post. It came about because of two extremes that eclipsed and spoke to me in a very profound way: the presidential election and a little boy fighting lymphoma. From a local charity (Loaves of Love):
This year’s recipient is Lucas ********.
Lucas was 15 months old when he lost his older brother to Leukemia (Garrett was 32 months old). Lucas was first diagnosed with Lymphoma September 18, 2009. After 12 straight weeks of Chemo in Seattle at the Children’s Hospital, he went into remission. Afterwards, Lucas’ labs were good for almost 7 years. Then this year on August 16th he had a bout of Bells Palsy that was the result of a new diagnosis of Lymphoma. They decided to be more aggressive with treatment this time, so he is in for 19 weeks of chemo. He is seven weeks into his treatment plan, with a two week intermission for an emergency surgery. There were some tumors that were creating a blockage, so they had to go in and remove around a foot of intestines.
Lucas is a typical 12 year old boy who loves Batman and the Flash. He loves to fish and ride 4-Wheelers.”
Donald vs Hilary does not make a difference in the day-to-day for Lucas. But I know from experience that a small act of generosity will. Not only will it bless his family, but it will bless the one who was generous. This charity (Loaves of Love) knocked our socks off three years ago when Joel was their recipient, and it all came from one regular person wanting to share… And then some more regular people saying “we’ll help!” I know three little boys and two stunned parents who learned the power of ‘small and persistent’ that day. Scandal and lies and political finger-pointing can’t change that, because that’s not our America– the one made up of individuals loving and sharing and listening and working all around us. “Make America Great Again” begins at home.
If you are interested in helping Lucas’ family, here is a link to his Go Fund Me page: