‘Why do we have parades?’ My 6yo kept puzzling over that one.
‘We have parades to say something.’
He wanted to know what we’re saying now.
‘We’re saying that love is good, everyone can love whoever they want.’
‘Why are there rainbows?’
‘Because there are so many kinds of love.’
The kids will probably remember it most as ‘ugh, mom walking us all over Jerusalem while we were already tired.’ But I believe a good education can be subtle, and take place over the course of an entire childhood.
And the reason to be there, more than anything else, was to be there.
Because teenagers need to see other people like them.
Because people need to know they are not alone.
Because families have a right to be, despite shape and size and sex.
Because a violent hater can be released from prison and a decade later repeat his crime six times over.
One day it will click.