This afternoon was the meeting I’d set up with my son’s principal following the incident a couple of weeks ago when my 8 year old was called the n-word on the bus. It had been handled well by the school staff, but my intent in requesting a meeting was to develop a clearer picture of how the district as a whole is addressing inclusive, anti-bias, anti-racism work, as well as developing their understanding of trauma informed education.
I entered the meeting comfortable with conversing with the principal, but anxious about my ability to attempt to kick start a district into confronting some intensely difficult truths, not to mention involving professional development requiring the never-enough-funding. It felt a little presumptuous. (“I don’t know enough. I am not an expert. I’m out of my league.”)
So, I walked in by reminding myself, “You’re not an expert, but you have expertise”, and the meeting was fantastic. Talking with her gave me such hope about the possibilities and, quite frankly, I left reveling in the passion I feel when engaging in dialogue surrounding injustice, which was a good reminder that we don’t have to know everything to do something.
When I left, I decided it was the perfect time to love on myself by purchasing this “use your words” necklace I’ve been eyeing for months. It benefits one of my favorite organizations, and is a message I hold to with limitless conviction. Use your words, friends. There is a unique situation or place or person or community just waiting for you to speak into the void.