How does one introduce themselves? Do they start with, Hi my name is Jaime and I like Chinese food?
Naw, I don’t do the normal way….
Ask any of my friends, new and long lasting, and they would say the same thing…She’s crazy!!!! I do not like to take life seriously. It’s too short and too depressing to be serious ALL THE TIME!!! I can be the life of the party/get-together when appropriate. At my previous preschool job, I would put stickers on my nose and stuffed animals on my head, just to get a laugh from the kiddos. They never knew what Ms. Jaime would do next. Laughing at life’s events and trying not to take them to heart is a way for me not to focus on the negativity in life.
With that in mind, there are certain aspects of life that I do take very serious: Child Abuse and Racism.
As a survivor of Child Abuse, I have made it my mission to make sure I can help children get help when they need it. I will not allow a child to just slip through the cracks of the system just so no person’s toes get stepped on. This is especially true when it comes to sexual abuse. The latest research (that I am aware of at this moment) is 1 in 4 girls and 1 in 5 boys have been sexually abused at some point by any one of the people in their lives. This could be from a parent, family member, school friend, or other adult. The abuse leaves a scar that never heals. Personally, I still suffer the effects of what my father did to me. Flashbacks, nightmares, unnecessary fears. I will always have these demons follow me until I reach Heaven’s gates. But I am not bitter. I have used the abuse to help me be a better adult. To be a resource of help for other children. “As for you, you meant evil against me, but God meant it for good in order to bring about this present result, to preserve many people alives.” (Genesis 50:20)
In addition, I can not stand racism in any form. If someone is being neglected, mistreated, or even treated differently just because they are different, I will stand up for them! We are all the same, we all bleed the same blood, we all love and hurt the same. We all have the same struggles in life, the same bills to pay, the same food to ingest. There is no difference. So what if your neighbor has darker skin. So what if your coworker needs time away from their job to pray. Does that hurt you in any way? Absolutely not!! Tolerance in people’s lives is just a fact of being a human. Hate is seeping into our world at a horrible rate. People do not want to accept that others are standing up for their human rights. It’s 2017 and we are still fighting for rights of our brothers and sisters. Wars are being threatening based on religion. buildings are burned and people beaten on the street based on intolerance. I’ve heard that people in big cities are being carded for no reason just because they look different. Is America turning into 1930’s Germany? Is no one safe in this place besides white people? Yet our motto is and will always be:
“Not like the brazen giant of Greek fame,
With conquering limbs astride from land to land;
Here at our sea-washed, sunset gates shall stand
A mighty woman with a torch, whose flame
Is the imprisoned lightning, and her name
Mother of Exiles. From her beacon-hand
Glows world-wide welcome; her mild eyes command
The air-bridged harbor that twin cities frame.
“Keep, ancient lands, your storied pomp!” cries she
With silent lips. “Give me your tired, your poor,
Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,
The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.
Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed to me,
I lift my lamp beside the golden door!” (Statue of Liberty, https://www.howtallisthestatueofliberty.org/what-is-the-quote-on-the-statue-of-liberty/)