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One thing you can do today to help change the future

I pledge allegiance to the Flag of the United States of America, and to the Republic for which it stands, one nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.


If we had to make translate that title into an equation, it would read like this:


The Future = Our Flag + Your Kids


Moms and Dads, what can the future and the American flag have in common?


Both are in your hands.


Not to sound overdramatic, but it literally is. Every time you hug your child, every time you brush a stray hair away from their face, or every time you tuck them into bed, your hand touches them -- the future. It’s an awesome, humbling thought, isn’t it?


And as for our Stars and Stripes, you can easily purchase a “Made in USA” hand-held flag here (see below for links to various sizes). So this, too, can literally be in your hands!


Now please allow me to relate the two:


Let’s be real. Life has NEVER been perfect, but events of the past few months are enough to make even the most optimistic, freedom-loving parent fret. Anyone else have some new silver hairs breaking through their scalp?


Let’s be real. Life has NEVER been perfect, but events of the past few months are enough to make even the most optimistic, freedom-loving parent fret. Anyone else have some new silver hairs breaking through their scalp?

I asked my four-and-a-half-year-old (the half matters) daughter the other day to tell me her favorite thing about America. She said, “I just love that every morning is new and beautiful.” I was encouraged to hear this because I feel like I haven’t been my best self after months of monotonous quarantine and preschool shutdown. And more than being relieved of some mommy guilt, I was heartened. Our little children can wake up and know that whatever happened yesterday -- whether they lost a teddy bear, threw an especially bad temper tantrum, or saw <ahem> mom throw a little tantrum (we’re being honest, right?) -- the next day is a fresh start. They have the ability to recover quickly from difficult conditions. This is resilience. This is deep in the spirit of America:


The entrepreneurialism that says, “let’s try” and “even if we fail, let’s try again.”