Today I took four kids from the organization I work for to a Martin Luther King Jr event at a local church. The kids were going to be performing in the middle of the event which meant we had to sit through a bunch of singers and speakers that were interesting for an old fart like me, but epically boring for a 12 year old boy - especially one who is from Africa, so is no real stranger to struggle or overcoming obstacles.
At one point everyone stood up to sing "Lift Every Voice and Sing." and the 12 year old stayed sitting.
His older sister: "Stand up! We're all singing "Lift Every Voice and Sing."
The 12 year old: "Why? Its not February yet."
This struck me as funny more than anything else. Should I be horrified that he thinks that the only time you sing "Lift Every Voice and Sing" is during Black History Month? Maybe. But, I am not his parent or teacher so its not really my problem. I did then explain to him that you can pretty much sing any song whenever you want as loud as you want and its totally fine.
This nugget of info kind of blew this kid's mind.
Happy Monday. Please feel free to sing or talk about the dreams you have or how you want the world to be different any day you please.