It’s impressive when a bog lasts for two years; it’s especially impressive when as well-written, informative and, above all, touching and inspirational as Raising My Rainbow reaches such a milestone. My hope for Raising is that C.J.’s mom continues to write, although, obviously, that is her choice.
Until the time she does decide to stop, I hope more people read it, and not just the “choir,” the converted. I hope that parents and teachers everywhere read Raising My Rainbow. And read it without judgement and with an open heart. It is not easy to be a parent — and it is not easy to be a child — which is why this blog is so important for all parents. Every child feels out of place at some point, which is why C.J’s mom’s words are so important and can provide inspiration and guidance for all of us about listening with open hearts and minds, and with compassion and empathy.
So, read Raising My Rainbow, carefully, with an open heart and mind. You may initially think that C.J. and his family’s life have nothing to do with you — can’t possibly teach us anything — but, I think, if you open your heart and mind and really read the meaning of the words, the power will come through. And, you’ll see that we’re all different in some ways, and suffer from insecurities and wanting to fit in at some point in our lives. Let this, instead of dividing us, bind us together, as it did for C.J.’s family. No, it’s not easy, but is anything really good ever easy?