I’m a big fan of home improvement type shows. I think it started with watching Bob Vila on This Old House with my mom. Now I like to watch HGTV when I’m writing or want something on that doesn’t need a lot of attention. Fixer Upper, that type of thing.
One thing that pretty much always happens is that the repair type person (as opposed to the design type person or the homeowner) will find a significant problem that was hidden behind a wall or above a ceiling. It’s ugly, expensive, and dangerous. They’ll point it out to the design person and the homeowner.
Everyone will agree that it’s a setback. The repair may mean delays and the involved expense may mean that another more “fun” part of the project will have to be cancelled. Everyone will also agree that it’s important. I picture Joanna Gaines face and voice saying “I’m so glad you found this. Those kiddos safety is the most important thing.”
You’re probably asking why on earth, with everything going on in our nation right now, is Kristen babbling about home improvement shows?
It’s because I think that’s where we are right now. The video of the murder of George Floyd opened up a wall for America. Most of us knew that there was a big ugly mess behind that wall. But for a lot of us there was some denial about how bad it was. Even if we knew about some of the damage, maybe we didn’t know the extent. Maybe we just didn’t know how badly some of our loved ones were in denial that there was anything behind the wall at all. Maybe for some of us the ugly mess behind the wall was the ugliness in the hearts of people we loved and trusted. People we thought we knew.
But, like Joanna would say, “Those kiddos safety is the most important thing”. By cleaning out our hearts and minds, by educating ourselves and our children, by having those hard conversations with our loved ones, by protesting and doing the hard work of becoming anti- racist… that is how we will make our country a safer home for generations of kiddos to come. And this time, it won’t just be white children whose safety matters. Because Black Lives Matter.