No one has the market cornered on handing out candy to Muslim kids on Eid but my good friend Ali always does it in style and more importantly, in memory of his late Mother, who passed the tradition on to him. He's presently away at medical school so this year i attempted to fill his shoes. I took my boys Ethan and Braeden, who are always open to building and crossing bridges and also threw in a wild card with my friend Zach, who frequently shares his views and feelings toward Muslim folks with me. He doesn't quite hate them but could probably be persuaded to with relative ease. So often we selectively study and speculate but few of us will leave the comfort of what we know to let direct experience inform our judgments. Not sure what he walked away with but i was most impacted by his being open and willing to take a deeper look. The more we try to understand one another, the more exceptional each of us will be.
It was especially meaningful to see this and see it inspired by and traceable to the good deeds of Ali's Mother, which thankfully live on and multiply. Lighting up the eyes of children. Broadening the experiences of adolescents. And softening the hearts of men.