Gentle reminders
October 21, 2011, 9:10 am
Filed under: biracial families, books, Parenting, social justice | Tags: , , , ,

I have long been a children’s book lover and collector. Sometimes when nothing else makes sense a simple children’s book will get me back on track. Shel Silverstein has a special place in my heart for forging new ground in silliness and helping kids of all ages find poetry.

When the world seems to be going crazy,
and nothing seems right,
when I have been having a bad week and
a really long night.
I look for wisdom,
in books and on refrigerator doors
you never know where you will find
something that shakes you to the core
I give us this poem in the hope
it reminds you and me
that life is very simple
if we allow it to be.


Small as a peanut,
Big as a giant,
We’re all the same size
When we turn off the light.

Rich as a sultan,
Poor as a mite,
We’re all worth the same
When we turn off the light.

Red, black or orange,
Yellow or white,
We all look the same
When we turn off the light.

So maybe the way
To make everything right
Is for God to just reach out
And turn off the light!

~ Shel Silverstein


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