Wednesday, August 8, 2012
In a world where too many of our "men" partake in the pleasure of making babies, but do not stick around to change the diapers, my sons make me proud because their children are their priority.
When I was busy having my family and working to support them, many of us in the Bronx looked around us and decided that we needed someone to help us keep our children safe. I wrote the NYC Housing office and inquired into the steps needed to create a tenants association. Soon we were cleaning up graffiti and our building one brick at a time but one thing that struck a chord with me was the day that the head of the tenant's association met with us to teach us how to set up our association; he looked over the packed room, and asked "Where are the men? I see lots of children, but who rocks the cradles?"
My children's father was gone more than home until I got fed up and divorced him. Many of the women who were the backbone of our tenants association were single parents. So few men participated in the upbringing of their children so it does my heart good to see my own sons with their children; their tenderness and playfulness truly tugs at my soul.
Amanda sponsors a great meme where we are allowed to pose two questions. Maybe that's why she calls it Thursday two questions? :-)
1. Who was your main role model? Mine was not my father, but my mother. I was terrified of my father, but Mom was and is my rock.
2. Is their a child other than your own that you try and guide with love? I feel that all children are our children and anyone can play an important role if they just take time to care.
Thanks so much for your visit. Take care, stay healthy and God bless!