Today I write as a mother of three boys who I would never presume to label. They could be gay, straight, Republican, Democrat, accountants or artists. They are who they are, and I love them so much I feel like my heart may just pound right out of my chest. I will be so so sad when they get their hearts broken, the first time they have a fight with a friend, any time they are treated unfairly. My boys will be extraordinarily good at being themselves, this is my hope. And I will try every day to accept that I cannot control the world they live in or how they are treated. But I will take a cue from the video of this young boy who was bullied and teach my own sons that they will not be victims, not ever. They will be proud of who they are, they will celebrate all of their strengths, work on the things they struggle with, and hold close each person they love.
Take the time to watch this kid – it’s worth it. He inspires me to check in with my own older boy, and to make sure that he knows that he has a friend, teammate and forever ally in me. We could all use that, right?