Did you miss me?
Did you think I was still celebrating the Cubs World Series win? Or that I moved into a cave after the election?
Both good guesses but the actual reason for my blogging break is way better than that.
I’ve been in Boston for an extended stay to welcome the newest member of our family. Grandson #4.
For those of you keeping score, baby Harry joins his big brother, Andy
and twin cousins, Chip and Dale.
(All names have been changed to protect the little nuggets. And, it is my policy to not show their beautiful faces on this public site. Trust me. They are, in my completely biased but accurate opinion, ridiculously adorable.)
Particularly in light of the current tumultuous state of affairs, these precious boys are a compelling reminder of my obligation to do everything in my power to make the world a better place.
I want these boys to grow up in a world where kindness, inclusion, and compassion are the guiding principals. Where “love your neighbor” means ALL your neighbors, not just those who look, think and act like you.
This sentiment was expressed beautifully by our daughter, Annie, in her remarks at Harry’s Bris.
(These excerpts are shared with Annie’s permission.)
“…may you always stand up and fight for your beliefs and the beliefs of others. Speak up when you see others being wronged. Love everyone fiercely, not in spite of your differences but because of them.”
“Use your history as your guide. You are the great-grandson of Holocaust survivors whose mere existence is the strongest form of resistance. You are also the great-grandson of a politician who fought for civil rights. Remember this compassion for your fellow man. The fight for equality lives on in you.”
“…we pledge to raise you to live up to your name and your history, to encourage empathy and understanding and to reaffirm that the most important thing you can do is to be an ally and friend to your fellow man.”
Welcome, little one. We are so happy to have you as part of our wonderful, loving family.Thanks for stopping by,
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