Remember when I told you that it felt like being an introvert kept me from having meaningful conversations about controversial topics?
Remember when I said:
“So this is my plan. I’m going to create a closed Facebook page for us. A place where we can ‘talk’ about things even though we are far apart. Things that we could talk about around the dinner table, that we hold dear, and that need discussing. Are you in?”
Well, good golly, Miss Molly – I actually did it!
I sat right here in this same chair and told the world – well, the group anyway – what I think and feel about DACA. About Dreamers … young people with vision and fortitude and courage. People who have played by all of the rules except one. The one rule over which they had no control – how they got in the game.
Come to think of it, maybe all of us who call the U.S. home should be Dreamers. Maybe all of us, starting at the age of 15 and every two years for the rest of our lives, should pay a processing fee of, let’s say from $100 to $500, and then prove that:
- we are currently in school, have graduated, or obtained an equivalent certificate of completion from high school, successfully obtained a general education development (GED) certificate, or must have been honorably discharged from the Armed Forces of the United States; and
- we have not been convicted of a felony, significant misdemeanor, three or more other misdemeanors, and must not pose a threat to national security or public safety.
What if we were all held to that standard? Check out U.S. Immigration information. I would bet long money that several readers have three or more traffic violations. Ooops.
My lovelies, most of the Dreamers feel at home in the United States. And I can think of very few things better than someone feeling at home in my home. When my best friends and family members help themselves to the pantry or change the roll of toilet paper or snooze and snore on the couch, my heart sings a song of love and happiness like no other.
When someone feels at home, they are more likely to care about those around them, clean up the mess, and come back at a reasonable hour. They aren’t renters or transients or even guests. They have a stake in the game and, unless things change a whole lot, they are in it to win it.
I don’t have all the answers about borders and immigration and limits and risk.
And I’m not going to start ranting here on Living Center about controversial topics. I don’t want us to argue in the comments or scare you away from reading all the other stuff about life and balance.
But I wanted you to know that (1) I am serious about having these conversations and (2) I need a little love for following through on something I started.
And (3) I want all you Dreamers – and dreamers – to know I’m on your side.
p.s.- Friend me on Facebook and join the conversation. I welcome – or dare – you.