Monday, January 19, 2009

Still Standing

In honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, I want to share this story about Miles that happened last year when he was 6.

Miles has had a thing for MLK, Jr. ever since he saw a video about him in Kindergarten. Honestly, I'm not sure if he's more fascinated with the incredible things that MLK, Jr. did for the civil rights movement or the fact that he got shot - with a "real gun."

One day he asked me if MLK, Jr.'s children are still alive. I told him yes, and that his sister is, too. And, that she works at the same place that mommy used to work. Well, to my delight you would have thought that I told the boy I'm best friends with Zack and Cody from The Suite Life or Hannah Montana. His eyes lit up and he excitedly asked if he could meet her.

“I don't know about that sweetie, but I can see if she will sign her children's book for you. What would you do if you could meet her?”

“I would probably fall down!”

When I shared this story with my former boss, she was as tickled as I was; so tickled that she picked up the phone and called Ms. Christine King Farris and asked her if she would meet my son. I don't know who was more excited - me or Miles! When I told him we need to make sure to take a picture he replied, “yes mama, I'll need it to show to my kids one day.”

Wow.



Miles, the gracious Christine King Farris and her autographed book, "My Brother Martin."

I'm glad to report that Miles didn't fall down that day, but his mommy was completely floored!

Winks & Smiles,
Wifey

6 comments:

MOMSWEB said...

Girl, this is tooo sweet! You make sure you put this post and picture in a safe place for him to share with his children one day. How wonderful! I got excited looking at the picture as if I were there myself!

www.restlesshousewife.com said...

OMG - that was amazing! totally brought tears to my eyes! beautiful.

Mrs.Naz@BecomingMe said...

That is so precious. and my little five year old just learned about MLKjr this year and she asked me if she could meet him as soon as she gets to heaven.

Wifey said...

Thanks, Ladies! It was an extraordinary day. I'll make sure he keeps the book safe to share with his kids, too. Maybe next we'll get his Obama book signed. Smiles!

MoziEsmé said...

What a sweet lady! And a wonderful moment for him...

White Hot Magik said...

What a sweet story. My kindergartner Zach is really interested in MLK too. We have had a few great conversations about race lately.