Should I post about the refugees in Europe,
or Australia’s “stop the boats” debate?
I’m not political and
so much has been written and spoken.
Sometimes informed,
sometimes out of fear.

But it is history happening
right now.
How do we want our generation to be remembered?
As one of compassion,
of welcome,
one that offered help,
inspired hope?

It is my daughter’s birthday today.
I know that I would do anything for her,
and for her sister,
now, when they are adults.

What would I have done to keep them safe
when they were little?
What extremes would I have gone to,
If I’d been born in a different place?

As I watch the lapwing family outside my window,
I see the parents do everything in their power
to protect their chicks.
It is instinct, it is the natural order of this world.

Warsan Shire, an Ethopian refugee, wrote…
“No one leaves home unless home is the mouth of a shark.
You only run for the border when you see your whole city running as well.
You have to understand that no one puts children in a boat
unless the water is safer than the land,”

Let us be the generation that makes a difference.