Recently, my friend Pea (you may know her from Unconscious Mutterings) replaced her bumper. Replacing her bumper led to replacing her bumper stickers.
Now, I have a fascination with bumper stickers. Like my fascination with tattoos, I've never had a bumper sticker. So I asked her, "What are your bumper stickers?"
She told me that this bumper sticker had adorned the last three bumpers she owned. Fascinated, I asked why?
"It is still the traditional greeting among the Masai, acknowledging the high value that the Masai always place on their childrens well-being. Even warriors with no children of their own would always give the traditional answer, All the children are well. Meaning, of course, that peace and safety prevail, that the priorities of protecting the young, the powerless, are in place. That Masai society has not forgotten its reason for being, its proper functions and responsibilities. All the children are well means that life is good. It means that the daily struggles for existence do not preclude proper caring for their young. "
Here's a link to her explanation of the bumper sticker.
This week, I am going to hold this in my heart. The welfare of every child is my priority.
It's a simple reality, a simple kindness, to acknowledge that the fate of us all rests in the well-being of all children.