This week, I am taking time to share a few thoughts and observations about privilege based solely on the true stories from my conversations over the past few months.
You are fortunate if you don't have to worry about experiencing a majority of the following:
Privilege isn't something most of us think about possessing. It plays out in so many silent ways that we don't notice until we listen intently to someone's story, making it plainly and painfully obvious.
It bears saying - having privilege does not imply that you do not have struggles or that life is not sometimes hard - it does mean that society has not intentionally made it more difficult for you - simply because of who you or your family are.
Sending love and positive vibes to all. May you find kindness and respect in every interaction, and even if you don't, may you offer the kindness and respect that someone else needs.
Thank you to DRC-Canton parent Josh L. for removing and replacing the decrepit original (to the house) backdoor with a much more solid and reliable one last weekend.
Our week in pictures from both Centers (ignore the blurry photos from Canton. I accidentally had the flash set on my phone when documenting our Kitchen Sink Science session, on Thursday.)
Wishing everyone tons of relaxing fun during this break. If you need to get in touch, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
We have become a culture of obnoxious, busybody finger pointers. And I will argue that it is a problem of epidemic proportions.
It seems totally natural to comment and spotlight things about other folks that are absolutely none of our business. From personal choices or behaviors to how someone looks - whether we know the person or not - we are obsessed with pointing out the teeniest of tiny negatives or "wrong-doing."
I won't get into the psychology of it all - but from my vantage point, it appears that we are either drawing attention to things we see in others that we don't like in ourselves, it is a way to feel superior, create drama or pure entertainment, or we are simply jealous of others and their ability to make choices that allow their personality to shine through.
It concerns me that judging folks for the petty things that are hurting no one and none of our damn business - and at the same time, withholding the multitude of systemic changes that will actually help society as a whole - in the long run - has become a national past-time. Stop it!
In our obsession with pointing fingers - we forget that basic kindness, respect, care, and compassionate connection are the only way forward as a species.
Grateful for Volunteers
We have a delightful "crop" of regular volunteers who are connected and engaged with our learning communities this year. (Thank you, Kris, Virginia, Abby, Esme, and our new SLU CBL students - AJ and Carter.) New faces with fresh ideas and interests are always welcome. If you are interested in joining us - you can complete our volunteer application here.
Our week in pictures from both Centers:
I am an intensely competitive person who has spent the past ten years building an environment designed to support and encourage people to focus on collaboration. So, which of the title terms works here?
Maybe it will become apparent with a bit of clarification.
In my head, the competition is always with myself - no one else. I expect exacting perfection from myself. As far as I can analyze it, the main reason is to avoid disappointing the people I make promises to and likely to prove to myself and others that despite being neurodivergent, I can absolutely do anything I say I will do - excellently.
Here are just a few examples:
As hard as I am on myself, I am equally as easy on everyone around me. They all know the only thing I expect in spades is respect - in fact, it is our only rule at Deep Root Center: "Respect Yourself, Everyone Here, and this Place." And within the mutual appreciation, kindness, and care, collaboration is born.
So, with this information - have you decided? Which am I - an oxymoron, a paradox, or something else I never considered? And how many of you identify way to closely with this entire narrative?
Either way, this is one more reason How do You Solve a Problem Like Maria is my theme song and will likely be my epitaph.
*Points for recognizing the musical it is from. (Ha, gotcha - there are no points or rewards - just a feeling of self-satisfaction!)
H/T to Kris R., our DRC- Canton Tuesday Volunteer and brand new board member, for instigating this thought process.
We have added four kiddos to our Massena Crew in the past two weeks and one to the Canton Crew. We are excited to welcome them to Deep Root Center.
In other news of additions - we are happy to announce two new board members to the DRC Fam. Welcome: Kris Rozelle, a local artist who has been volunteering at both Centers for the past few months and Lexi Marolf, the children's librarian at the Massena Library. Stay tuned for their bios on our Staff and Board page.
We had a busy week at both Centers which also included birthday celebrations:
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