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Why?

(let me state that I’m writing this post as I, but Richard and I both deal with all these conversations with our sons in the same way. I’m glad that he and I are almost always on the same page and we know that together we show our sons the love and respect that parents can have. We show them that we are both here for them no matter what)

I let this post mull over in my brain yesterday. Yet again we are living in the city that is coping with sadness do to ignorance and prejudiced.

We were living in Orlando, FL at the time of the Pulse Nightclub shooting. These people were out enjoying time with their friends. They were doing the same things others do every weekend. They were doing their own thing and not bothering anyone.

I had to explain to my sons that people thing they are better than others. That people believe that you should not be allowed to love whomever you choose. We had conversations about better ways to disagree. Better ways to deal with anger. Better ways… there have to be better ways!

Now we live outside of Pittsburgh, PA. Yesterday there was a shooting in a synagogue. What was happening inside this house of worship? a Bris. This is a baby naming service. This is a joyful time for parents and family members. It is a new member to the community.  They were doing their own thing and not bothering anyone.

I had to explain to my sons that people still believe that there is a difference between the religions. That some are “better” than others. They do not understand people who are different believe different things and worship differently.

What makes you and yours right and someone else’s wrong? What make you thing that violence will solve problems? I always tell my children and my classes that violence doesn’t solves problems… it just makes new ones.

What can we do to get people to realize that they aren’t helping anyone.

Mr. Rogers was from Pittsburgh and filled his show here. I leave you with a few quotes from him.

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Flashlight Egg Hunt: written by Blake

Many of you asked about the flashlight egg hunt. The activity was 2 hours and they let us just drop off the kids, so there are no pictures and I couldn’t write about it since I wasn’t there. So, I decided to ask Blake to write about it for you. Here is what he had to say…

Blake:

So, yesterday was Good Friday, right? I had a ‘Good Friday’… literally! First we went to Kelly O’s for breakfast (Mom might have done a review on it, I don’t know) we went to Toys R Us for the last time (they went out of business, that’s why), Colby and then I did a Madden tournament in the basement (we each won a game- Blake as the Patriots 3-0- Colby as the Broncos, and Blake, as the Falcons 13- 15 Colby, Seattle.). Then for dinner we had pizza, but we weren’t done. We went to the Pine Community Center for a Flashlight Egg Hunt, which is my main topic.

At 7:15-ish, we arrived at the Pine Community Center. We waited for about 10 minutes or so, and then we went inside to a room, where we talked for about 15 minutes or so. Then the people running the thing announced that the sun just set, and we would wait for about half an hour by playing some games in the gym. There were three games that were (obviously) Easter themed. My personal favorite was the last thing, which had nothing to do with Easter at all, it was knockout, like the basketball game. The rules were explained, and we began. In the end, we played three games, and I got 4th, 4th, and 3rd place. There was one bad thing I learned about later, which happened to Colby. We were split up into two groups, and we were on different sides. Colby got nearly hit in the eye, but under the eye. (Colby’s note: I’m fine now, I still had fun.) Then we came back, and we grabbed our baskets, and we went outside. The rules were explained, they counted down, and we began! There were a bunch of eggs laying right where the starting point was, and I grabbed a few of those. I then noticed that there were a few eggs laying on the windowsills, so I grabbed those before anybody else could find them. After that, I only found, what, a couple more? Colby noticed while I was doing that, that on the cones bordering the area, that there were eggs on those cones as well. (Colby’s note: Such a jackpot!) There was a limit to 30 eggs, and I collected 44 eggs. So, a friend and I tossed out the 14 eggs. He was on one side, I went to the other. To practically prove that I’m from the South, I yelled, “Hey! Hey! Ya’ll want some eggs?! Huh?! Ya’ll want some eggs?! COME GET THEM!!!” Then, I threw them on the pavement, and they all cracked open. Oops. We went inside, and we looked at what we got inside. Colby and I both got $5 off for Fun Fore All. I also got a free small milkshake from Chik-Fil-A, and Colby also got a Starbucks gift card. After giving away what I don’t eat for candy, I was left with 31 things of Dubble Bubble, two Hershey’s Kisses, and two Starburst.

So that’s what happened on the night of Good Friday, and you will see Colby tomorrow for the Easter one. Happy Easter, and see you soon!