As your child walks out the door, say something besides “Be careful.”
“Have fun. Try something new. Have an adventure.”
Be careful means be fearful.
You are giving them a spoonful of fear each time they leave.
This is not medicine, it’s poison.
During the times they are crawling along on all fours with real fear,
your spoonful may be the last straw.
Your fear is not a blessing, it’s a burden.
Now that we have rampant racism, a pandemic and a divisive political climate
do they really need your fear of storms, traffic, snakes, water, poison ivy, bees …?
Keep your fear to yourself.
MY FEAR STOPS HERE.
I will NOT pass it along to Rose.
She is going back to college next week. She has masks, hand sanitizer and disinfectants.
She knows pandemic protocol.
When we leave her, I will NOT say “Be careful.”
I will say “Have fun. Try something new. Have an adventure.”
because that is what I truly want her to do.