Dear little girls
I watch you both sleeping, gaze at your peaceful content faces. You dream away, oblivious to the increasing craziness of the world around you.
I am afraid for you. I am afraid of this increasingly dark world in which you are growing up. Afraid of the hatred that is out there, in a world that seems to be becoming more broken by the day.
You know nothing of hate. You are surrounded by love. When your world gets too scary, a cuddle is enough to make it better. You are cocooned in a bubble of childhood innocence, focused on fun and play. You see other children as just that – children like you, friends to be made, someone to play with. You see only people – the only labels are child or adult, family or friend. If only we could all be a little more like that.
Darling girls, I do not know what this uncertain new world will hold for you. I know only that I will do all I can to protect you, to keep you safe, to keep you in that beautiful cocoon for as long as I am able to.
Today my world feels like a scary place. Today I will hold you both closer, gaze a little more on those beautiful innocent faces that I love so dearly and focus on what is good in this world.
Here there is love, there is warmth and the beautiful innocence of childhood. Today I will look at those things, focus on those things and learn from them. I will hold on to the hope that you are the future of the world and that the love and acceptance you have in your hearts will help to shine a light in the darkness.
Today, it is your cuddles that will help to make my world a less scary place.