I shared in the world’s mourning of the inspiring and forever-missed Maya Angelou mostly by listening.
As famous people, who have impacted our lives, pass away, Scott and I will discuss it, but I have never had to tell my kids. They don’t watch the news so most of the famous people they care about are cartoon who never seem to die. However, my 7-year-old son did his first school report on Maya Angelou. He learned about her childhood and taught his class about her impact on the world. And as age and birthdays are paramount in elementary school, there was much discussion around her still being alive by him and his classmates.
I don’t exactly know how to address her death with him. He spent so much time reading about her and listening to her words that I feel we should discuss it. It will matter to him, and we have never shied away from discussions of death (although they rarely go as I plan). Obviously, I’ve put it off for days. I tell myself I’m waiting for the right moment, but maybe I’m waiting until it’s too late to tell him or until someone else brings it up. Maybe I’m convincing myself he doesn’t need to know. But he does. We should all spend a moment thanking her before we carry on.
When I’m not over-thinking things in between grieving the loss of great people, I’m becoming more popular by reading and writing elsewhere.
My Other Hangouts (don’t tell my blog):
- Real Rainy Day Activities From My Home To Yours: On Richmondmom, when the days are rainy, I make my kids do laundry.
- The Value of Doing Nothing: On Richmondmom, I learned to sometimes do nothing, and I love it.
Favorite posts I didn’t read, I mean, write:
- The Life Of Poet Maya Angelou, From Poverty To Presidential Prizes: NPR’s appreciation of Maya Angelou. (thoughtful)
- Not One More: From Richard Martinez, whose son was killed in the Santa Barbara shootings, “Today, I’m going to ask every person I can find to send a postcard to every politician they can think of with three words on it: Not One More.” (important)
- Academy of Villains: I’ve pretty much fallen in love with this dance (and so much more) group. (fun)
- American Medical Association Introduces New Highly Effective Placebo Doctors: This way the patients are seen so much sooner! (haha)
- Build a Bug Hotel from Recycled Plastic Bottles: I thought this might help my youngest realize there are good bugs in the world, not just ones we run from screaming. (cool craft)