In honor of today - Martin Luther King Jr. Day, a school holiday, a Monday - I'm taking a day off from writing original content and instead linking up to a few blog posts and articles that have spoken to me in one way or another throughout the last couple of months. Check 'em out!
1. The Story of Martin Luther King Jr. by Kid President. "Not everybody was treated like they were somebody. I believe that you should treat everybody like it's their birthday…He decided that instead of spreading the hate, he'd spread the love." Enough said.
2. Crossing Guards, Crosswalk Angels. On a local note, the kids' school district put together a fantastic video piece about the many crossing guards who keep College Station's kids safe as they walk to and from school. Our lovely Ms. Rosa, who has protected Will and Hallie for nearly four years and at least once actually saved them from getting hit by a speeding car, is featured in the video. (If you look closely, you can also see the kids and I during Ms. Rosa's segment - Will is hopping across the street on one foot, which makes him hard to miss.) Click here to see the video.
3. A Cappella Rocks. A cappella music has long intrigued me, and while this genre isn't my specialty as a singer, I love listening to it. I listened to A LOT of Pentatonix over the holidays, and as a result, Will became fascinated as well; as a new drummer, he's completely baffled and enthralled by the fact that in a cappella music, a human makes all of the percussion noises. We stumbled upon this video last week, and while this group is no Pentatonix, they give a pretty impressive performance of Amazing Grace. Click here to see the video.
4. Washing My Son's Hair for the Last Time. Oh, all the feels. You better bet I washed Will's hair the night I read this article…and I'll probably wash his hair again tonight. And maybe tomorrow night too.
5. Ellen DeGeneres Accepts the People's Choice Humanitarian Award. "…it's a little strange to actually get an award for being nice and generous and kind, which is what we're all supposed to do with one another. That's the point of being a human." I couldn't agree more. Watch Ellen's perfectly "Ellen" acceptance speech here.
6. The White Man in that Photo. Today is a day on which we not only continue fighting for human rights and equality, but also recognize those - like Martin Luther King Jr. and Peter Norman - who along the way have sacrificed nearly everything to make our world a better place.
7. Bringing Body Love into Dance Class: A New Way of Teaching. This article outlines how little girls and boys can learn ballet technique without hearing "suck your tummy in", "tuck your butt under", and a host of other phrases that inevitably make them question and perhaps lead to them feeling negatively about their bodies.
Happy Martin Luther King Jr. Day, happy school holiday, happy work holiday (if you're lucky enough to get school holidays off) and happy Monday, friends!