Well, a few years back this cutie (we’ll call her P. because “poo” would be too crass) attended a Lutheran preschool where she was enrolled in Pre-Kindergarten. Most Kansas City schools educate children about appreciating diversity and celebrating the life and teachings of MLK, even at a young age. So this was standard curriculum.
According to P.’s mother, P. said her teachers had been talking about how they were going to learn about Martin Luther King, Jr., and in several weeks they were to get a day off from school because of this special day.
Four-year old P. came home eagerly announcing to her family a blessed day was nearing. She had learned about it in school and was proud her church had royalty so famous she and the rest of the country didn’t have to go to school or work that day.
Her parents were confused.
“What are they teaching our child? And furthermore, why don’t WE know about this sacred holiday?” they wondered.
After more probing, P’s parents discovered the special holiday was NOT what their daughter insisted to be “Lutheran Kings’ Day.” With some more instruction and withheld laughter they were able to set P. straight.
As much as I appreciate Martin Luther King, Jr. and all he stood for, and sincerely mourn the loss of his life and what could have been; this day of remembrance will always be shared with P. and to her “Lutheran Kings.”
Any of you take your kids to school today or try to put them on the bus when they had the day off? Don’t forget…no mail either!!
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