I was in the bathroom with my daughter changing her earrings and cleaning the holes in her ears. I was taking her rubies out and putting her diamonds in.
“Mommy, what are diamonds?” my daughter asked.
“Stones, baby,” I answered.
“What are rubies, Mommy?” she asked. I could see her thinking.
“They are stones baby,” I said.
“I have stones in my room, Mommy,” she said sweetly.
“Yes, you do baby,” I said.
“They lied to us, Mommy,” she said.
I giggled and said, “Who’s they baby?”
“Those men, who took over our land,” she said seriously.
“They are precious stones, baby,” I said.
She left the bathroom and came back with one of her rocks that she had in her room.
“Mom, look?” she said, oh so seriously.
I looked up and she handed me a rock.
“I’m an archaeologist mom. Stones aren’t precious. I get it now,” she said seriously.
“What do you get baby?” I was hesitant to ask.
“They tricked us, they lied and called them precious. Diamonds come from Africa, right, but so many black people are poor, and they stole the diamonds from them,” she explained.
My 4-year-old just told me precious stones are a sham. LMFAO. She is 100% right. I wasn’t going to be a fool and try to convince her any differently. I took the time to explain to her material things in the big picture hold no value. Not clothes, shoes, cars or homes. True value should be placed in yourself and the people you love. Material is all replaceable, but real family isn’t. I also explained to her family isn’t just the people with the same blood as you, family are the people who don’t turn their backs on you when you need them most. You can lose your house, a building doesn’t make a home, A home is made by the people who live inside it with you. You can lose your jewelry, your clothes but you can’t lose your self-worth! The only true thing you own in this world is your joy! Never let anyone steal your joy!
She gave me a big hug. I really hope she remembers this conversation when she grows up. She really has taught me so much about life and love…I was raised around some really unhappy, materialistic people. It made me think. I thought about the people I know who grew up with the bare minimum, they were full of life, happiness and love. Walk in a wealthy person’s house, you might be offered a bottle of water. Walk in a not so wealthy person’s house you are offered food till your tummy burst and a place to rest your head if needed. Makes you wonder what true wealth really is.
They tricked us, don’t allow them to trick your children!