I’m not going to talk about grief and loss today. It’s a given. And I’m not sure how your kids are making sense of what has happened. When I told my four-year=old that Mandela had died, he said that he had gone to heaven to join his best friend’s dad, also in heaven. He also explained that we needed to bring him back, and that he would become a firefighter, get a ladder, and rescue him. I couldn’t tell him that it is perhaps us who need the rescuing now.
Here are some beautiful quotes to keep, and to even show your kids one day when they are old enough.
History will judge us by the difference we make in the everyday lives of children. — Luncheon hosted by United Nations Secretary General Kofi Anan at the special session of the UN for Children, New York City May 9, 2002
Few things make the life of a parent more rewarding and sweet as successful children. — Letter to Amina Cachalia, written on Robben Island, 3 March 1981
Our children are our greatest treasure. They are our future. Those who abuse them tear at the fabric of our society and weaken our nation. — National Men’s March, 1997
Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world. — University of the Witwatersrand South Africa, 2003
No one is born hating another person because of the colour of his skin, or his background, or his religion. People must learn to hate, and if they can learn to hate, they can be taught to love, for love comes more naturally to the human heart than its opposite. – Long Walk to Freedom
The true character of a society is revealed in how it treats its children. — Launch of the Blue Train, Worcester Station, Worcester, South Africa, Sept. 27, 1997
It always gives me great pleasure to be surrounded by the beautiful children of our land. Whenever I am with the energetic young people … I feel like a recharged battery, confident that our country can look forward to great things. — Food for the Life Festival, Durban, South Africa, April 23, 1997
Together as a nation, we have the obligation to put sunshine into the hearts of our little ones. They are our precious possessions. They deserve what happiness life can offer. — Lunch for sponsors of his birthday party for children with life-threatening diseases, South Africa, July 4, 1997
We understand and promote the notion that while children need to be guided they also have an entrenched right to be whatever they want to be and that they can achieve this only if they are given the space to dream and live out their dreams. — Annual Children’s Celebrations, Bloemfontein, South Africa, Sept. 27, 2003
Source: Huffington Post