This was so popular last year, I’m reposting it in honor of the MLK holiday this weekend. Enjoy!
The first time I heard you say you had a dream, I didn’t know it would be for my children. But in those first moments when I stared into their deep brown eyes, held their tiny caramel hands in my pale ones, and paused to consider the ‘content of their character’, my heart whispered your words to them.
I have a dream.
While I didn’t always know I’d need them, those four little words breathed hope into my new-mother heart.
Because of you, I would not raise children labeled ‘half-breeds’ or ‘less-than’ by the majority of society. Your dream offered them full lives and beautiful love.
Because of you, the laws that would have once prohibited me from loving their father have long since died away. Your persistence gave us the freedom to be a family.
Because of you, my children watched someone with a beautifully mixed story like theirs swear an oath of allegiance to our beloved homeland and become its Commander-in-Chief. Your leadership was another step forward toward ceilings that are beginning to shatter.
Because of you, we, too have hewn out of the mountain of despair a stone of hope. Your hope gave us perseverance to keep going when we didn’t think we could.
Freedom rings loudly in our home today as we celebrate your memory, grateful that we do not walk alone, hopeful for this American-dream rooted in love instead of money, fiercely blessed by the days we share. Together, we carry your dream forward one small step at a time.
Marching ahead gratefully,