I kept my faith out of my home daycare for fear of offending parents, and the result was keeping my faith from my children.
I kept my faith out of my non-Muslim family's home, for fear of offending them, and the result was keeping my faith from me.
Well -- one more thing to be thankful for that God-Awful book that we read -- I got myself a back bone.
I emailed my daycare parents and asked them if they'd be okay with their kids doing some "Ramadan" type of crafts (coloring pages, lanterns, etc). Their response was "Absolutely." -- why was I afraid? In fact, one mother (and a great friend) said "Why are you even asking me this??" Have I mentioned that I love you, Chantilly??
So - I'm now not afraid to tell the children that I'm fasting, or why, or that I may be hungry/grumpy/tired (or all three), and they understand more than just "Hethr's not eating lunch today" -- really...what kind of example did that send?
I know that the psycho, pathetic jerks who do horrible things under the guise of my religion are fools. I will not allow them to be the spokespersons of my faith! Look out world, I have the courage and the power to set an example of what a true Muslim is!
Then...yesterday I saw this video that my fellow blogger Old Muslim Woman posted:
I think that it's really sad that in this day and age, we cannot accept something that is different. Why are we so scared a head scarf? What's the deal with that? I agree with the woman -- "Don't put me in the back." It's as if Disney is okay with you being an open Muslim, but not where people might see.
The comments though are what is really disturbing. What's wrong with it, I need to ask? People claim "it's part of the costume for her to not wear it." -- I have seen many, many, MANY costumes/uniforms that have been accommodated to be "religion friendly" (think the Sikh Mounties, or Jewish men wearing the little cap thing..yarmaka I think...or the Jehovah Witness teen on my street who wears a full length skirt instead of a knee length to her all-girls school) -- now - not saying that the costume itself has to change, but simply wearing a hijab that co-ordinates is enough.
What do you all think?