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?
My 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.