I often cope with my feelings by making things. Over the span of a few days in November, I began crocheting this blanket to comfort myself. It’s not lost on me that I chose a yarn that fades into different colors to create a cohesive look without even thinking about it.
As a woman, as a third generation American, married to a Mexican immigrant who received citizenship through me; as the aunt of four black children, three brown children and a white child growing up in America, and a future mother, I want better for them and my own kids than the hate and discrimination we’ve seen openly displayed against people like us—and will surely continue to see—by those who believe we are not equal.
We have to change the fabric of our society and it won’t be easy or pretty. But we have to stand up for what is right and be the change we want to see. It starts with each one of us doing more to be good citizens and using our voices and influence to do good. Are you with me? Rise up because it starts with us. Because if not us, then who? Doing the work is the only way.
I resolve to be more active in my community in places where my efforts can make change, even if it is small.
I resolve to encourage others to be brave enough to speak the truth, even when it may be tough to do so.
I resolve to show up for the people who need someone to stand with them as an ally.
And I resolve to make the world a better place to live in by doing good wherever and whenever I can.