Everyone should view the world through a kindergartner’s eyes. More specifically, my son’s eyes. Last Friday, I was at his school being the banker at their Kindergarten Store. They earn money during the week where they can buy things at the store or save the money. I saw children of multiple races. I saw children with special needs. I saw shy children. I saw outgoing children. I heard children who could speak well. I heard children who could barely speak a word.
I was able to see, in person, some of the kids my son speaks about. These children are the ones my son calls friends. He CALLS them FRIENDS. Not “These are my special needs friends,” or “These are my friends that have a different skin color,” or “These are my friends who don’t say much,” or These are my friends who worship differently than us”. JUST FRIENDS. He never tells me that one of them is different than him. He just tells me all about the fun they have together and what he learns by being their friend.
Why can’t people in the world just see others who are different than them as FRIENDS?!?! Why do we have to stereotype and judge and on and on and on? I’m not trying to write a piece to ruffle feathers or be politically correct. I don’t feel like I’m a very judgmental person, but I can’t lie and say I’ve never noticed someone’s differences. This week, however, I plan to take some time and embrace someone who might not be “exactly” like me. I feel like that is what we are called to do, but somewhere along the line, something changes. Who says we can’t change it back to the mindset of a kindergartner?