Lillian Weber, a 99-year-old good Samaritan from Iowa, has spent the last few years sewing a dress a day for the Little Dresses For Africa charity, a Christian organization that distributes dresses to children in need in Africa and elsewhere.
Weber’s goal is to make 1,000 dresses by the time she turns 100 on May 6th. So far, she’s made more than 840. Though she says she could make two a day, she only makes one – but each single dress she makes per day is personalized with careful stitchwork. She hopes that each little girl who receives her dress can take pride in her new garment.
look at this grandma doing better than most ~enlightned~ white ppl i know
Anatolia by Bekir Üstün (1969-, Turkish)
Faith in School
Today at a PLC one of the teachers at work (who is amazing and who I respect very much) said she’s “uncomfortable” with the Brazilian students because they “talk about God too much.” Umm, what? They’re fourth graders, and most of them are Catholic and their faith is very important to them! I don’t understand how you can fault anybody for that? I have conversations with kids about God or religion at least once a week, it’s not a huge deal. For example:
Kid: “My dad went back to Brazil but I prayed that he’d come back home!”
Me: “I’m sorry to hear that you miss him, hopefully he’ll come back soon! I’m sure he’s praying for you too.”
Catholic Student: “I don’t celebrate Halloween because Jesus doesn’t like it.”
Me: “That’s cool, some people do celebrate it and some don’t, we all have different beliefs!”
Atheist Student: “That’s stupid, there is no God! My mom says you can’t talk about Jesus in school.”
Catholic Student: “WHAAATTT?!”
Me: “Hey, some people believe in God, and some people don’t. You don’t have to agree with other people about religion, but it’s REALLY rude to make fun of other people’s beliefs! And your mom is right that public schools can’t teach that any religion is the best or that anyone should belief in a faith. But kids who believe in a faith can talk about their faiths, there isn’t anything wrong with that! I respect your belief that there isn’t a God, and I respect Maria’s beliefs too!”
Israeli Student: “Why do you wear that thing on your head every day?”
Me: “I like to, it’s kind of my thing. I bet you’ve seen other people wearing them before when you were a kid in Jerusalem.”
Israeli Student: “Yeah, but those were like the bad people that want to kill my family! Not people like you! Do you have cancer?”
Me: “Oh gosh, no, I don’t have cancer. I DO wear it for my religion, just like the people you saw in Jerusalem do. I don’t think that they were all bad people, just like I’m not! One of my best friends is Palestinian and she’s from Jerusalem just like you. She wears this on her hair like I do AND she doesn’t want to kill anybody either!”
Israeli Student: “WAIT, YOU’RE MUSLIM?! *terrified face*”
Me: “Yes, I am. But I don’t want to kill anybody! Just like it says in the Torah that killing one person is like killing the whole world, it says that in the Quran too! In my faith, we’re SUPPOSED to believe that Jewish people and Muslim people and Christian people are our brothers and sisters and that we’re all the ‘people of the book.’
Israeli Student: “Then why are there bad people in Israel that wear that?”
Me: "Well, the Israeli/Palestinian conflict is a very complicated issue and I don’t know that I know enough about it to be able to simplify it for you, and I’m not Palestinian so I can’t speak for their beliefs. But I DO know that there are good people and bad people in every faith and culture and country, and good people and bad people who do or don’t believe in a God, and that you can’t tell by what people look like or what they wear what kind of person they are."
It doesn’t seem very difficult to me to affirm that whatever beliefs a student has (or doesn’t have) is ok and good as long as they are a good person. It doesn’t seem right to me to shut kids down and make them feel ashamed of their faiths or scared to mention it at all, especially when for many of them it is an important part of their home life. I was really taken aback to hear that she was so annoyed and frustrated with her students for talking about God! How are kids going to learn tolerance and coexistence if they’re never exposed to the idea that there are people who believe differently than they do?!
if you don’t recognize trans women as real women and trans men as real men get the fuck away from me
Everything about this moment was just really sweet and adorable. Makoto with her new allies! Who welcome her each in their own way! Usagi gives a passionate speech about believing in love, Rei’s like, “Yeah, fuck crying over guys anyway.”, and Ami’s like, “I know many facts about Jupiter, this is how I show my excitement about you being our new ally!”
CUTIES. ALL OF THEM ARE ADORABLE CUTIES.
But I also love that a feeling drew Makoto there, that it wasn’t really about her sempai that had her transferring, but that there was something more important calling to her.
Sailor Moon is a love story in a lot of ways, but it’s also about showing different kinds of love, often in the same character. Makoto is very tied up in romantic love, that’s what she’s dreaming of and waiting for, and that’s totally amazing for her! But, at the same time, she has other kinds of love, that her love for her princess (which I totally can interpret as romantic at times, but can also interpret as platonic) and her love for her duty are just as important.
Romantic love is at the heart of Sailor Moon, but JUST AS IMPORTANT is the love between friends, between a soldier and her princess. We see this nicely illustrated in Makoto, but SO MANY CHARACTERS will show us different kinds of love, all throughout the series, and that just makes me so very happy with this series, ahhh.
— Ali ibn Abi Talib (via gordo10bx)
— Brandon Wint (via lullabysounds)