"Even if I knew that tomorrow the world would go to pieces, I would still plant my apple tree."
Today we celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.! When I first read this quote, the significance it evoked in me was that no matter what happens, you must continue to live today as if tomorrow will not cease to exist. Continue to plant your seed because if we do see tomorrow, you will be one step closer to accomplishing your goals and dreams.
One of the vows I took for this new year was to be sure to take my daughter to church every Sunday. I decided to make this commitment to myself and to her because I want her to be brought up with a religion. Whether or not she continues to follow it once she becomes an adult or chooses to go on a different path of religion, will be completely up to her. However, I believe that this is one of my duties as her parent. How can I expect my daughter to follow or believe in something if I don't make it a part of her everyday life?
So, where is the connection to Martin Luther King's quote? Well, the second Sunday I took my daughter to church, my husband and I had a discussion about him joining us to church. Also about how important it is to make it a traditional routine early in her life. You see, my husband is a firm believer in God and a higher power (the Holy Spirit). Yet, he is not too fond of the Catholic church, it's teachings, or procedures. After leaving to church without him once again, that discussion we had was on my mind.
Coincidentally, the priest of the church was talking about this exact topic during his sermon. Honestly for a moment, it was as if the priest was talking to just me alone! I will never forget his words: he said that when our children come into this world we do not ask them for permission to give birth to them. Therefore, it is our duties as their parents to baptise them when they are young and can't judge for themselves. (Which we have already done this sacrament for our daughter when she was about 9 months old.) It is our duties to bring them up in our religion and that once they are adults they can choose their paths on their own. Even if they do not decide to follow the same beliefs as their parents at least you have done your job in providing them with the faith, morals, and a set of values to live by. It felt so good to hear those words from the priest because it reassured me that I was doing the right thing for my daughter. If I want her to become an honorable woman in this world with good ethics and an admirable character then, I need to provide her with a set of morals and ethics starting at a young age. I know a lot of people may disagree with this and that for others this may not require going to church. It may just be even praying at night before bed or reading the bible, whatever is meaningful to you and your religion, the point is to provide your child with the rituals and followings of your beliefs so, that they have some sort of grounds for a good way of life.
*These images were taken on our first Sunday at church since the new year.
I must plant my apple tree even if I know the world may go to pieces tomorrow...
...Sew This is Life!