But they will rarely fail to follow in our footsteps.
Pandemics and civil unrests have a way
Of bringing out the worst in many of us,
Adding fuel to the fires
That have already been burning
And regardless of which side of the argument you fall
It helps to ask the question
“What story are we telling with our lives?”
Is it okay to buy all the toilet paper
So that no one else has?
Or is it okay to loot all the toilet paper
So no one else has?
What does that say about us?
What we are willing to do
When we are desparate?
There are aspects of both
Privilege and poverty
That are learned, passed down
Like a gene
From watching the actions of our fathers,
Hearing the implications in our mothers’ tone
And being immersed in codes of conduct
That are deeply understood and adhered to
But often left unsaid.
We are teaching our kids how to be human
By how we are acting right now-
How’s the lesson going so far?