During dinner tonight, I shared the stories I heard on the radio today about how the supreme court passed on hearing the cases about gay marriage and how this will allow how states to legally offer gay marriage to couples. The kids couldn’t understand why this was a big deal - that, “You mean gay people can’t get married?” I talked about how things were much different when I was a child, about how misunderstanding created confusion and fear, and how happy I am that things are changing. I talked about how gay and lesbian families will have the same rights surrounding life care, children, and financial matters…
The whole time I was wondering whether or not any of this was sinking in. Taytem was up and about, getting more pasta, and Boone was waking around, filled his milk glass and then he climbed over the bench and whispered something in Taytem’s ear. During whisper sessions we usually intervene because we have a “no secrets” policy in our house, but their body language didn’t seem so bad, so I let it go. So, Boone finished up, climbed back into his chair and looked at Taytem with a satisfied smile, waiting.
Taytem then swallowed her bite and started singing, “When I breathe in, I breathe in peace.”
Then Boone took over, “When I breathe out, I breathe out love.”
They continued together for a few verses, then in a moment of ridiculous love and gratitude, the four of us held hands and sang together amidst tears and wonder.
After we stopped, wiped our eyes and sniffled, Sarah looked at me and said, “It is in there.”
And I replied with, “That’s why we give our fair share."
I know how difficult it can be when we lead. So often the communication we are involved in deals with the myriad of emotions that accompany unmet needs. Tonight, I want you to know that together, we are standing on the side of love and that together, we are bringing love and reason to life.
Breathing in and out, Illya