Yesterday while at her Thursday neighborhood "Breakfast Club" gathering, Flannista learned that several high school kids had been consistently mugged and robbed as they crossed a bridge that connected their nearby school with SassistaLand East.
Ellen, a long-time member of the Breakfast Club, shared that she and several members of her church (literally two-tenths of a mile from Flann's home) decided to become "peacemakers". Once a week, between 3 and 4 in the afternoon, they stand in the area where most of the robberies have occurred and offer passing students cookies or candy. (Next week it will be popsicles!)
Flann witnessed the peacemaking for a while yesterday and was touched that passing kids were offered not only cookies, but also a friendly, "Hi! How are you? Did you have a good day at school?" Half of the kids passed by without saying a word, lost in whatever music was blasting through their headphones. Some stopped, however, to grab a cookie and to pet the very friendly dog you see pictured here.
Flann was struck by how seemingly simple it is to be a peacemaker. The hard work comes over the long haul, to be sure, but as Aesop once said, "No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted."
Flann was also reminded of a story PEACEsista shared about her son and his small peacemaking gesture when he served our country in Iraq. He would save his breakfast muffins and when he passed hungry children in his tank, "chuck" them a muffin for peace. Flann loved the story so much, she made it into a t-shirt with the image of PEACE and noway's son as a kid.
Muffins, cookies, candy, popsicles -- let's all chuck what we can for peace!