I held my children close this morning. I kissed them and told them I love them. They wiped off my kisses, like they do, and told me their usual witterings about fidget spinner tricks and why it is ok to wear the same pair of socks, morning and night, for three days in a row. Today I was not annoyed by their dawdling and I forgave last nights wanderings and disturbances. All I had was love and kindness for them.
All I have today is kindness. I have no bad words for them despite the pain and anger I feel for what has happened. What has happened again. Too many times we have awoken to breaking news of more innocent lives lost. But still, as I look at them today, the only words I have is kindness, forgiveness and love. They are so innocent that I cannot fill them with hatred.
Our children are the future, because they can spread kindness and make this a more peaceful and better world. So help them to build a strong heart and they can stamp out evil and hatred. They can fight for peace and be resilient to those who spread hate or harm them. Their example, taught by us, will change others who see kindness in them. The kindness shown by strangers in Manchester last night proves its power.
Now they sit at our dinner table, covered in pasta sauce and chocolate cake, unaware of the saddness in the world today. They might notice that I will kiss them a few more times at bedtime, hold them tight and tell them I love them. But they will not know the reason today, as they are still too young to understand. Soon they will know and when that day comes I will remind them of kindness, and how powerful it is.
My thoughts and prayers go out to those involved in yesterday’s awful events and their close family and friends.