Having a son turned me into a pacifist not because I was an idealist, but because motherhood made me a realist. Why are we raising our children in a culture saturated with violence? Every week, sometimes twice a week, sometimes more often, there is another mass shooting, always by a man, usually a white man.
At three years old, your choices are limited. You eat what’s prepared for you and listen to the music waking you up from the kitchen. Your parents tug your arm, gently but with purpose, and you move.