The real reason for our 3-day weekend…

After I picked Em up from school yesterday we discussed why she didn’t get to go to school on Monday.

E: Mama. You know why we don’t get to go to school Monday?
M: Um…why?
E: Well…

(I love that she starts all her “explanations” with a ‘well..’ – J. says she gets it from me. Well…I don’t know about that, but I do love it.)

E: ...There was this man who was a king. And there were bad people who were not nice. So the King told them that it didn’t matter what people look like or if they are different. We have to all just get along.
M: Mmmm hmmm.
E: And some people look different, like Denise. She has brown skin, but we have light skin. But we love her and she is like us, right Mama?
M: Yep. That’s right. I think it is just important to remember that everyone is different and that is what makes us all special, but we need to treat everyone how we want to be treated.
E: That is the big rule, right?
M: Yes, it is called the Golden Rule. Did you learn this today in school?
E: Yes. I’m just so sad I can’t go to school.
M: Well it is a holiday and on holidays schools, banks and some businesses are closed. But, Gracie, the man wasn’t a king…
E: Mom! Yes! He was a king!
M: His name was Martin Luther King, but he was not a king like you think of a king. It is his birthday, so we celebrate that.
E: Oh. Well…Happy Birthday, King!

We all just have to “get along.” So simple, huh?


5 Responses to “The real reason for our 3-day weekend…”

  1. 1 ksmcnulty January 19, 2008 at 1:15 pm

    so sweet—if we could all live by the simplicity of children don’t you think the world would be a better place?

  2. 2 christinator January 20, 2008 at 2:21 pm

    Oh! I LOVE it, so sweet!

  3. 3 lauramcintyre January 22, 2008 at 2:55 am

    Its wonderful seing the world from a childs view.

  4. 4 arizaphale January 22, 2008 at 5:06 am

    So we actually ARE teaching them stuff after all…’s so hard to tell when they get to high school 🙂

    A great book is ‘Everything I Needed to Know I Learned in Kindergarten’.
    Let’s hope Em keeps this lesson close to her heart.

  5. 5 Kim January 22, 2008 at 8:55 am

    From the mouths of babes.

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