I was dressing my son Javier (4 years old) this morning for daycare. Laundry day is tomorrow, so I'm running out of socks for him. I grabbed two of the last clean socks (not a pair), one was a sock his cousin Lili had left at our home after a sleepover, with a pink/red bow on it. So I instinctively flipped it inside out and put both socks on him with only the white showing. Javi got upset because he really liked the bow and wanted people to see it. I responded to him firmly "No, Javi this is the way I want you to wear it!" He became noticeably upset, almost in tears and that forced me to stop and realize what I was doing. I stood up, walked to the bathroom, took some deep breaths, washed my face, and just thought about the situation. He simply wanted to wear his cousins sock and show off the cool pink bow. So I came back flipped the sock over so that the bow was showing and he had this big smile on his face. -Eroc #everydayalesson (I originally wrote and shared this story on my FB page in 2012)
Lessons from my children.
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Ernesto "Eroc" Arroyo-Montano
Peace and welcome to my digital home. I am a founding member of the critically acclaimed Independent Hip Hop group, Foundation Movement. An educator, artist, activist, healer and a proud father of three. I am currently the 'Director of Cultural Organizing' at United For a Fair Economy. Bless- Eroc