A couple of weeks ago Jeff was reading a story.
"Daddy, this is so sad!" he said.
"What?" I asked.
"A hunter shot Babar's mother and now she's dead."
(Note to self: maybe look at some of the books that were written a generation or two ago before leaving them out for the kids to read.)
"I would never shoot an animal," Jeff continued. "That not a nice thing to do."
My mind flashed an image of our disgusting president's son next to his kill. It made me wonder what he was like as a child. I can't imagine any five year old rooting for a hunter to shoot and kill an animal in a book. It made me wonder what changes that sweet, innocent, compassionate child and allows him or her to grow up wanting to put a bullet into an animal's head. Or worse.
Kids in school and online are teased, bullied, beaten up, etc. I hope that I have done everything in my power to make my children be the ones who don't tease, bully or beat up others. When I look at the world today - brutal dictators around the world, ethnic cleansing, anti-Semitic and racist graffiti - I hope my children are the ones who help eradicate that kind of behavior and work towards a more peaceful and accepting world. I'm trying my best and, from what I have seen, they will exceed my expectations.