Covering Hate With Love

This is something that happened last year, but I came across these pictures and wanted to share it. I find it more timely than ever.
This is hateful graffiti that was left at my children’s elementary school.
Yes, I know the original origins and meaning behind this symbol, but I think it’s a safe bet that when you see it scrawled on public property, the intent is pretty clear.  It isn’t there in order to celebrate a sacred symbol. It’s there to express hate.
We contacted the school, but the kiddos were walking past it for weeks. You can see how it was right by the sidewalk. It really hurt my soul.
So one day after school, I gathered up my girls, some paint that I had on hand, and I painted it over with a heart. The girls were there, but didn’t touch it. I have strong feelings about respect and not touching property that isn’t your own, but I have stronger feelings about seeing a swastika every day on your way to school. That’s just ridiculous.
I covered it. We had some pretty in-depth discussion about emotions, respect, and how love is stronger than hate. This stayed up for a couple of weeks until the city eventually painted over it with a better, more permanent solution. It was a small thing, but it an important one. Love to you, friends!

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