Sunday, April 06, 2008

MLK, Teeth, and other thoughts...

Yesterday, Fazal turned 7 months old!! It seems incredible, and yet so much has happened in that stretch of time, I can believe it has been 7 months. We so much look forward to the next seven, and can't wait to see what new experiences it holds for us.

This morning, we saw that one of Fazal's upper teeth had pushed through. He wasn't very happy about it - he was clearly pretty uncomfortable. That makes 3 teeth in total. More and more, he likes to try the food we eat, trying little pieces of bread, soft cheerios and other foods...it seems like he wants to be doing what we are doing, so when he sees us eating, he feels completely left out if he is not eating. He makes his complaints known immediately!! He is also developing a liking for chai, which is a good thing, since it is a staple in our household :-)

Finally, I have to make mention of the fact that Friday, April 4, was commemorated in the United States as the 40th anniversary of the murder of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., the black American civil rights leader who inspired thousands of people of all races and religions to stand up for and demand equality and fair treatment of blacks and other minorities in America. A few things struck me when I was watching the coverage on TV:
- He was only 39 years old when he was killed, which means he was already changing the world in his early thirties. Who says youth can't move the world?
- He preached non-violence and racial harmony until he died.
- Perhaps, without his efforts and those of many, many others, my family would not even exist today. When he lived, inter-racial marriage was illegal in many states. The fact that we can today live in the neighborhood we live in, we and our children go to any school we apply to, eat in any restaurant, and expect at least a basic respect wherever we go is based on many people's hard work and sacrifice.
- I realized that although 1968 seems like a long time ago in many regards, he was killed, and the civil rights movement was at its pinnacle, only 6 years before I was born. There is no reason for my generation to take it all for granted.
- To hear a recording of my own grandmother's recollections of going to Alabama in the 1960's to cook during a civil rights march, and her decisions effects on her white community, go to my cousin's website (Click on the link to "Evan" on our sidebar)

So, thank you Dr. King and all those who worked with you. I personally appreciate all you did.


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