I was lying in bed this morning, contemplating getting up, when L hopped in and asked, “Mama? Why don’t I have school today?” I replied that it was Martin Luther King Jr Day. “Who’s that?” she asked.
Hmm. How to explain the civil rights movement in kindergarten terms and under 5 minutes (about how long I had before she moves on to something else…)?
First, I started with this. “Well, remember your friend, ___ at school? A long time ago you wouldn’t have been able to go to the same school…”
“Oh! Because she’s full day and I’m half day?”
I decided to go a different direction. Why explain prejudice to somebody who doesn’t have it?
Basically, I told her that what we do is more important than what we look like.
“How we are on the inside, Mama?”