children are the most effective advocates for peace and justice

I would like to express immense gratitude to a very special 3rd grader (who shall remain unnamed) for restoring my faith in humanity (even if just a little).

Today, while conversing for the first time with a lively young girl, she eagerly told me about her experiences at Temple and proceeded to recite a beautiful, haunting Hebrew prayer to me. I casually mentioned to her that my family is Muslim and that our religious backgrounds had a lot of commonalities, to which she so sweetly responded: "they sure do! Did you know I saw a group of Muslim people at the ice cream shop the other day?"

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"Oh!" I said, obviously interested in the dialogue that was to come, and continued to ask her something along the lines of "...and is that OK?!"

She responded quickly, without hesitation, "Well, OF COURSE that's okay!" 

She paused for a moment before cheerfully adding "...and they were all wearing such beautiful clothes!"

This was the thought she had upon seeing a big group of Muslims in the American South in 2015. The unwavering purity of a child's heart! Why can't (some) adults be so loving/accepting?

So, it remains...children are the most effective advocates for peace and justice that I know and they don't even have to try. They are all love.

I hope you too have found some sweetness in the world to give you hope in these bleak times.

xxxx

Razan