MLK Jr brought to you by a six-year old


Thursday evening came with hungry bellies and dinner ready to consume.  Meanwhile, papa was still out and a mama's got to do, what a mama's got to do---SERVE IT UP!

The girls sat in their prescribed chairs with pink IKEA plates waiting for the yummy roasted chicken, you know that one I picked up already cooked from the grocery store and simply reheated it.  

V: "Mama, can I have some sweet potatoes?"

Me: "Yes, hold on!"

Does any other parent feel like the phrase, "hold on" spews out of the mouth at least 10 times a day?  As I'm trying my best to cut up the chicken to serve to these vulture girls, while holding a baby in the other arm, Veronica asks me a question.  Asking those questions as if I was apart of the earlier conversation at school.

V: "Mama? Who was that man?"

Me: "Uh, what man?" as I'm still carving a chicken and holding a baby.

V: "Oh, that man who made the world?"

Me: "Um, God?"

V: "Ohhh, no Mama! That man who made the world a better place?"

Me: "Hmm, the man who made the world a better place? Jesus?"

V: "Ohhh, no Mama!  That man, ya'know, that man who made the world a better place and it's why we don't have school on Monday, because we remember him?"

Me: (I begin thinking, maybe you should of led with that last statement) "OH, Martin Luther King Jr?"

V: "YES! We read a story about him today! Cadence do you want to know about him?"

Cadence: "Hmm, NO!" (obviously jealous that V is talking about her day)

V: (with sincere earnest) "Cadence! He did really good things and it's good to remember him!"

I later went to tell the girls what MLK Jr did and sought to do.  How our friends Jason & Clover wouldn't be allowed to eat in the same restaurant, worship in the same church body, or even attend school all because they're skin is darker than ours.  The girls aghast and confused ask, "but why?"  

I responded, "Well, girls, because when Martin Luther King Jr was a boy and man, some people with lighter colored skin like ours didn't think people with darker colored skin like Jason & Clover were as important or created the same.  But, that's silly, because God created every single person in his image." 

"Yeah!" they both agreed.  Oh the innocent beauty found in the heart of a child.  

The first question which the priest and the Levite asked was: "If I stop to help this man, what will happen to me?" But... the good Samaritan reversed the question: "If I do not stop to help this man, what will happen to him?"--MLK Jr