I have a tendency to get worked up over things that I shouldn’t. Things that don’t even affect me. Yet, I think about what if…
For example, back when we enrolled our oldest two in a preschool down here in North Carolina that was not affiliated with any church, I was blown away when it was my day to help with snack and I saw that the kids sang a little prayer before they ate.
They’re praying! I told my husband, who looked at me like I’d lost my mind. In the boys’ previous preschools, they’d prayed at 2 of them and didn’t at the third. I had no problem with the praying. But I also wasn’t shocked by it either- those were schools at a church, ones that were clearly defined as Christian schools. The one where they didn’t, wasn’t affiliated with a church. They had stayed neutral on religion and learned about all different holidays.
But why would it even bother me? I pray, I teach my kids to pray. But, I just couldn’t get over how a school that didn’t clearly say there was a religious component to it would pray.
I had similar thoughts at our public school’s Christmas program this year. I enjoyed it, the kids did a great job, but it was definitely a Christmas program. Which is what we celebrate, so why would I even give it a second thought?
It’s not just a religion thing. Another example is with my oldest’s class- in order to complete at least 3/4 of the night’s homework, you have to have internet access. Obviously, being the blogger/social media addict that I am, we have internet access. And I realize that most people do these days. But not everyone does. That’s not a good assumption to make.
What if one of the families of one of the kids in that class don’t have internet? How do they get their work done?
These aren’t things that I have an issue with for me or my family. But I still hear that what if in my head.
Maybe it’s because there are circumstances when I or a member of my family is the odd one out. Who doesn’t fit the mold of the majority. And I appreciate it when someone else notices that hey, this isn’t for everyone, why aren’t things done differently? Why is this the expected way things are done?
So it bothers me when things are done a certain way that leaves people out, even if I’m not the one being left out.
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