Ah, this so called life. Every time I turn around I am faced with a choice. Some are made easily some come with prayer, contemplation, research and on and on.
No matter our background, the choices are generally the same. Of course I realize circumstances are all different and the opportunities afforded one may not be the same for another.
Last Friday I watched my new friends’ children, they have 3 girls and early Friday morning the mom gave birth to a baby boy. Both parents graduated from Duke University with science degrees, the mom then went to medical school at Wake Forest University, she did residency at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN and then back to Duke for a Fellowship. I don’t know the background of either of these parents but the three girls, especially the 8 year old, have been exposed to Academia.
The two older girls were playing with their new dolls from McDonalds’, i took them for happy meals while they waited painfully to see their new brother. While pretending, they asked one another where they were going to college, one picked Wake Forest and the other chose “the blue school”. They went on playing. This make believe life reflects what they expect will be choices they will one day make.
That same Friday my sister Mary was spending her day in the inner city of Grand Rapids building a Habitat for Humanity home. When her friend pulled up to help she overheard little neighbor girls playing “pretend”. Their conversation went something like this, “I ain’t pregnant! Who said I was pregnant?!” Does this reflect what these two think will be their choices as they grow up?
All of these girls are going to face the same choices, showing up to school, having sex before marriage, studying, friends, college, drinking, drugs (meth is big in Kingman, crack in GR), jobs and on and on. I can’t stop thinking about it. Maybe it’s not just choices, it’s ceilings, expectations, opportunities.
Oh Lord I pray for hope! Please pray for all of these girls.