Recently, we had an opportunity to Meet a Living, Breathing Rock Star.
A Legend. A Brave, Very Special Lady.
U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor.
She was going to be in the Neighborhood. Just Down the Street. We were invited to a Lively Hour Long Session with the Focus on Children. To Listen and Learn. To Laugh. To Giggle. To Better Understand. To Come Together as a Community to Talk about the Ugliest of the Ugly…Bullying.
Sadly, we have been consumed with Middle School Bullying. We’ve learned that awareness on all fronts is key. Keeping an open dialogue is vital at both home and school.
And trying to be a good listener and not dismissing what kids say with a flighty wave of the hand.
But the Road is Bumpy at Best. And Scary.
Bullying is Real and Ugly and it Hurts. I say, Enough is Enough.
So does Justice Sotomayor.
We Sat, Engrossed, Listening to Her Stories.
Justice Sotomayor was bullied. It began when, at 8 years old, she was diagnosed with diabetes. The treatment road was a huge struggle. But a struggle that she says made her strong. Growing up poor in the Bronx, she knew nothing of Ivy League Schools, let alone hope to attend one. She was elated when she was accepted to Princeton University. But at Princeton she was bullied for being different…a Latina. a woman. underprivileged. she was told she had no right to attend Princeton. But she stood Tough. And learned. And when she didn’t know something, She Asked. She Just Asked.
Just Ask! That is her Message to Kids. Be Different. Be Brave. Be You.
And When You Don’t Know…Just Ask! Then You’ll Know and Can Move Forward. A Simple Message of Inspiring Words to Fight the Fight.
Being Accepting of the Differences is the Key.
Thank you Justice Sotomayor. Your message was received. Loud and Clear.
The World Needs More Strong, Brave Women to Create the Magic.
Let’s Get Cracking.