As she’s gotten older, it’s great to have real conversation with her about important subjects. Over the last year and especially, these last few months, we have discussed politics. Considering her dad works in the field, it’s no surprise she’s taken an interest. But, it goes beyond that. She is truly interested in the process and is very thoughtful and critical in her thinking. For instance, she knows her dad is biased to one side and so, she challenges him and she remembers that when she asks him questions. I’ve enjoyed our conversations. They are some of the most engaging and thoughtful political discussions I’ve had (go figure, with a 13 yr old, not an adult). There is a lot of talk about the younger generation being spoiled and cry babies.
Side note: name calling should really be below ALL adults no matter what side you’re on. If I see one more “Killary”, “libtard”, “deplorable”, “nasty woman”, or “millennial crybaby” I may lose my mind and that includes those wearing the shirts identifying yourself as one of the above (half kidding since we know I’ll see all of these the minute I go on Facebook and won't literally lose my mind). But we should be ABOVE all of that. ALL OF US.
Juliana is all of that. She can give you a hard time like all of the O’Neils and Browns (sarcasm runs deep in her blood) but she cares deeply. On Saturday, as I was sitting in my hotel room in VA going through some photos and thinking about all of the ugliness this last week, she texted me. She said she wrote something and wanted me to read it first. I cried reading it and then I read it again. I told her that it was perfect. I told her that it was just one of the reasons I love her so much, because of the person she is and how wise and beautiful she is. Here is what she wrote (it’s written below the image for those who can’t read it).
I have hope for the future when I know people like this exist and are part of the next generation. It starts with us, with our kids, with our families, and with our communities. Let's get to work (not fight because that implies hostility) to make it a better place. XO
OH! AND CHRISTMAS IS COMING! (I mean, she is still a child after all!) HA!