Each day there are dozens of tragic, heart-wrenching, mind-boggling stories on my MSN homepage. Those, coupled with the morning news, would be enough to make me crawl back into bed, pull up the covers, and stay there…if I didn’t know in my heart that bad news always trumps good in any media. The robberies, rapes, and murders make the headlines and the acts of kindness and charity are a little harder to find. Thank goodness my own daily experience is usually filled with good stories, so I’m eager to get out of bed and hear them.
However, I also like to keep informed about the rest of the world, so I do read and hear a few tales of woe and stupidity each morning. As far as the online stuff is concerned I try to adhere to a “three click” policy. Three tragic stories are enough for my heart and mind to deal with most days. The morning news amounts to “whatever I hear while passing through the room” since I never sit down to watch it.
This morning I read these three stories:
A school in CA is in trouble for having a caricature of an Arab as its mascot. Schools all over the nation are being condemned for mascots chosen decades ago and most are considering changing them. Here’s an idea: let’s just do away with any and all mascots! That should make everyone happy as clams. While we are at it, let’s get rid of cheerleaders and dancers because I find some of them at the college and professional level much more “offensive” than ANY mascot!
A three-year-old child walked over a mile to her grandmother’s home after her estranged father apparently killed her mother. Folks, each and every day, probably each hour, there is a similar tragedy in our country. Domestic violence is on the rise and we must find a way to protect these innocent children.
Mourners at a funeral stopped a car and beat the driver for honking his horn in front of the church. There weren’t enough details in that story for my satisfaction. The driver might have been a scorned relative, local gang member or someone else known to the group and there might have been some blatant reason for the honking. If the incident was part of an ongoing feud instead of a random act, that puts a different spin on the story. Still not right, but at least more understandable.
Also, this story from last week is still rattling around in my mind and creating an internal controversy: Three teachers in a CA school were suspended for wearing racially offensive (black face) Halloween costumes in a private home at a weekend party. Of course their primary “offense” was posting pictures of the party on FB. Cautionary tale there! And much to think about before making any comments.
So that’s how I’m starting out the day. Now you know why I’m always in a hurry to get to school, enjoy smiling faces, and teach inquiring minds! We all need to forget the rest of the world for a few hours each day and believe in the possibilities of a better future!