Love Each Other

John Lennon sang, “All you need is love.” Why doesn’t anybody want to hear that anymore? My mom said something similar as I was growing up. It annoyed me then but it’s foundational in my family and work now.

Daily Post Prompt: Do you ever find yourself doing something your parents used to do when you were a kid, despite the fact you hated it back then?

Damien Riley Wife Sarah and Parents Gerry and SusanMy mother would always tell us kids, I’m the oldest of 4, to love each other when we would fight. I remember pushing and even punching in the back seat on road trips. Sometimes my poor devoted dad would have to pull over to make good on his threat to.

I was an ornery kid to be sure. In some ways, I think I deserved a higher level of consequences than they gave me. But at some point, I turned out alright. Now I tell my own kids to love each other and even my “at times brawling” students. I did hate hearing it but now it’s my certified slogan. May it spread.

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