My newest fatherhood reflection, “Learning To Meet a Need” — a.k.a., my love letter to Don Freeman’s classic picture book Corduroy — is now online at STAND Magazine! It’s the next in my series of essays on fatherhood as learning.
As always, a big thank you to STAND Magazine Founder/Managing Editor Dwayne D. Hayes for his solidarity!
You matter. There is no one like you; never will be again, from the birth of the earth to its outermost end. You — an eager shout, a sacred “Yes!” that moves your flesh, your bone, your breath. You — she, he, ze, they, you are whole and okay, gracefully teaching your truth and your way. You cannot be forgotten. We cherish you so. Your voice and your hands can do more than you know. You see old things anew. You turn them and test them. Your wonder exhausts our old words to express them. You speak and lay bare all you dig up and hold aloft from the dust of conventions grown cold. You up-end every rock and pursue every glimmer and give a new name to each sparkle and shimmer. You chart out new paths, go beyond our horizons: new friendships, new stories, your hope always rising. You, welcome and wanted, whatever your skin, wherever the neighborhood you were born in. You play across fences that keep us divided. Old walls become weak where your love is ignited. You call us to kindness and questions, reminding: the life of our living is found in the finding. You! There is no one like you; never will be again, from the birth of the earth to its outermost end. You matter. You do. We’ll keep learning with you. Now stand on our shoulders. See what you can do.
First published on www.matthewsrosin.com and YouTube, 2017.
I’ve completed the text manuscript for what I hope will become a children’s picture book. The title: You Matter.
I’m very, very proud of this. We’ll see what happens.