Huge doves in the park, wings flapping! A beautiful, crisp day in Forest Grove, Oregon, and my husband and I returned home from our morning exercise to see these huge doves in the neighborhood park! We thought they probably had something to do with the MLK holiday.
There was a nice crowd in the park, made up of all ages. I actually took my pictures so that the people were featured,too, but I cropped this one so I could focus the eye on the doves. In a photo for the organization's newletter, or for parent pride, you would probably want the people involved to be more prominent, as in the photo below.
When I asked one of the adults about the assembly, I learned that they were participating in a Peace March that would end at Pacific University, where a program was being held in remembrance of Martin Luther King.
The crowd was enthusiastic, but small, so these adults and children need to be commended for taking a stand for peace, and making a visible presence in the heart of our little town. They easily could have taken their day off from work and school to play and relax, but they chose to take action to promote peace, on this holiday that's set to remind us of Dr. Martin Luther King's principles of peaceful activism and due respect and opportunity for all people.
I ran into a mom whose daughter was manipulating one of the poles, and when she asked me if I was marching, I declined. But when I got home, I realized, sadly, that I had been offered an opportunity to take some overt action for an important value, and I squandered it. Shame on me, for my apathy.
A NICE REMEMBRANCE/ REMINDER OF VALUES
Participation in this kind of event is something to be proud of. A poster is an inexpensive way to commemorate the moment, or a postcard mailed to the grandparents lets the grandkids boast about being social activists for a positive cause. Click here to look at a postcard of this event that even a child can make! They actually have fun rounding photo corners, adding colored borders, and finding embellishments. This project is a 2-sided postcard and the company will address the envelope and mail the postcard for you! You can e-mail me to learn how to make one yourself.
Were you part of a Peace March today, or ever? Click on the comment box, below, to share your experience! I'll give a 2-sided postcard to the first 5 commenters. That could be you!
P + S is best! ~Donna