I have the day off today. Whenever I have a Monday off, I try to remember the significance of what that day represents. This day has been especially meaningful for me, though, since Andrew and I have become a family. As I was reading books about Martin Luther King Jr. to my students this week, I couldn't help thinking about how much better Andrew's life will be because of what this amazing man did. Because of him (and many other people like him) my son has a better chance of being seen for his abilities and the person he is rather than the color of his skin. I know that there is still a lot of racism and prejudice out there. But I also think that this is a far better country because of the dream that Martin Luther King Jr. had and the way he went about reaching it.
At some point, I would like to adopt from Ethiopia. I love that my family will be made up of different cultures, races and colors. I love that children and parents from different countries can become one family.
This quote from Martin Luther King's 'I Have a Dream' speech brings tears to my eyes each time I read it to my students:
I have a dream that one day....little black boys and black girls will be able to join hands with little white boys and white girls and walk together as sisters and brothers.