It’s difficult to imagine how hard it must be to parent small children in a world as unsettled as ours is at the moment. But it’s impossible to imagine how hard it would be to parent a black child, especially a little boy. It’s one thing to teach our white children empathy and sensitivity; it’s quite another to teach our black children how to approach the world, including authority figures, and stay safe. We can stress the necessity and rightness of equality, but the reality is that we still don’t have it. We appear, in actuality, to be moving backwards in time. And it’s disheartening and scary.
I can’t speak as an expert, and I don’t have the answers. In my GG Sprinkles video today, I decided to come at the topic through colors in general: in painting, we have primary colors which are useful to create many other colors. By themselves, they’re important but very basic, maybe even boring. As painters, we need lots of colors to make our paintings more exciting and realistic. As humans, we need lots of colors to make all our lives rich and varied. May our little ones grow up to be better painters in life and embrace the richness of all our colors. And may they all stay safe and happy.
Painting from the Heart
The primary colors, as everyone knows,
Are red, yellow, and blue.
If you mix these right, you’ll get the colors
Your painting needs you to.
Red and yellow give you orange
Blue and yellow give you green
Blue and red make the prettiest purple
You have ever seen.
It’s fun to play with every shade
And make them all my own
I need to remember the importance of each
Even after I have grown.
If ALL the colors do their best
To make an artful blend,
I hope that if it works for paint,
It will work as well for men.
They call them primary colors
But they are just the start
Only when we mix all of our colors
Are we painting from the heart.