The nationwide protests against racism and police brutality has really brought Juneteeth to the forefront this year, celebrating the emancipation of enslaved African Americans in the United States. I’ll admit, it wasn’t something I ever learned in school. I didn’t even know the holiday existed until perhaps three or four years ago. The past month has brought on a lot of reflection about how I can personally do better in understanding the realities of the world and chip away from the bubble I grew up in, despite my thinking I wasn’t in a bubble. One way is to expand my children’s understanding of the world early.
My husband ambled out of the post office today, chuckling. In his hand was something he purchased secondhand, which he wanted me to see. It was Ladybird book titled How It Works: The Wife. Was this a passive-aggressive swipe?
My toddler was flipping through books today, including The Disney Princess Treasury. She doesn’t know how to read yet, so she’ll make up stories and titles strictly from the photos alone when she’s reading by herself.
We’re in trying times right now—a pandemic, political unrest, and economic uncertainty, to name just a few. If I need a quick cheer-me-up, I reach for my copy of Neil Pasricha’s The Book of Awesome, a compendium of things that are, well, awesome!