Here I am, 30 years old, a teacher with a just-turned-1 year old in tow. Sometimes I look back and wonder how I got here. Other times I know I exactly how it all fell together – one piece at a time. I’m not sure what it is about my daughter turning 1 that has me motivated to change the world, but I do know that starts with me.
I grew up in a happy, supportive suburban home full of food, clothes, toys, electricity, but, most of all, love. As an elementary school teacher, I know many homes are missing any number of the items I just listed, if not all of them. Trying to help every kid that walks through my classroom door, or just passes me in the store, is exhausting and overwhelming to say the least.
So here I am, desperate to make the world better for my daughter, but knowing I can’t fix everything that is wrong with it. So what do we do? Well, Campbell Elizabeth, we focus on love.
We love our family, our neighbors, even our enemies, just like God has commanded us. We live that love so loud that we help change the world, one act of kindness at a time. Maybe one day it’s inviting that “weird” kid over to play. Maybe it’s sharing some of our many blessings with those less fortunate. It doesn’t matter who it is, what they look like, or the choices they’ve made, we love them just the same.
So here we are, my little family of 3: a teacher, UPS worker and 1 year old, ready to make this world have a little more love, because it needs it more than ever before.
P. S. On that idealistic note, I know that life gets messy, and not every day is a perfect example. So grab your favorite wine and join us through the triumphs, try-again-tomorrows, and daily chaos that is life. Cheers.