Last week I did not write at all. After watching the news, seeing the bombing in Boston on television, all the other reports about it, and the subsequent manhunt, I just didn’t feel like writing. It seemed trivial. I just wanted to take a step back.
I write about family, parties, children, and homeschooling. I have written about my recent miscarriage and how I want to try again to have another baby. Then I watch the news. I see the hatred, the violence, the wars, the politics, the problems, and I cannot help but wonder why I wanted to have children. I wonder what the future holds for them, and it frightens me. It’s a scary place in the world with so much suffering.
Then I see my children’s smiles, their hope, their optimism. I think about how we need to train our children to love and help others. They are the future. Perhaps they can fix our mistakes. I just feel sorry for them that there are so many mistakes to fix and so many people in the world that need love and help. It gives me hope.
To all of you who are parents, do you ever think this way? If so, what makes you feel more optimistic about the future?