Yesterday while T.V. stations across the planet looped footage of protesters hurling bricks, looting businesses and blowing up cars in historic Ferguson...a St. Louis suburb located just 15 miles from our home -- our T.V.s remained off. We refused to give those who have chosen to take advantage of a town hurting, our attention. However, our hearts are open and prayers focused on families and business owners forced to wade through the chaos.
Instead, Steve and I decided it was time to introduce the kids to The Wizard of Oz.
As we sat squashed on the couch together, I waited for them to flinch
when the creepy flying monkeys appeared. As I did, I realized how
incredibly unfair it was the scariest thing my kids would experience
that evening would be watching a group of soaring mutant primates; while
families living across town were devising safety plans for completing
every day tasks like buying groceries.
It's not fair.
I've traveled to Europe and worked in the Caribbean for a spin, I've
lived in St. Louis nearly my whole life and have always been proud to
call the Gateway to the West -- home. However, the media's near
constant focus on those set on destroying Ferguson...is not only
tarnishing our city's reputation, it's doing little to nothing to help
bring positive change and support to those who need it most.
It's not fair.
I'm a Christian, a wife, a mother, but mostly I'm just an imperfect
human -- trying to raise a family in a broken world. While I'm not sure
how to fix some of the problems that lead us to this very dark place, I
believe compassion and love are a good place to start.
Recently, I was asked to participate in a grassroots initiative started
by a local vlogger, called We are StL. The purpose being to promote all
that is good about St. Louis.
I don't know where to begin. There are so many things to highlight. Whether it's enjoying our unique dishes: toasted ravioli, cracker crust-provel-laden pizzas, gooey butter cakes, Ted Drewe's
frozen custard concretes or the numerous educational and cultural
experiences available (many of which are free). Below are links to
adventures our family has enjoyed in and around St. Louis. After reading
I'm sure you'll agree -- there's no place like St. Louis.
I wish I
could click my heels three times and bring us all to a better place of
understanding to heal our communities, divided. We ask for your prayers
and support by sharing your favorite things about St. Louis at
#WeAreStL or by linking your blog and vlog posts using the linky tool below.
American Kennel Club Museum of the Dog
Audubon Center at Riverlands
Challenger Learning Center
Daniel Boone Home & Heritage Center
DesPeres Park Youth Fishing Derby
Dr. Edmund A. Babler Memorial State Park and Visitor's Center
Doris I. Schnuck Children's Garden
Fair St. Louis
Forest Park Forever Playground
Kemp Auto Museum
Laumier Sculpture Park
Mastadon State Historic Site
Missouri Botanical Gardens
Missouri History Museum and History Clubhouse for kids
Museum of Transportation
National Great Rivers Museum and the Melvin Price Locks and Dam
Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center
Purina Farms and Blue Grass Festival and Kids' Carnival
St. Louis Art Museum
St. Louis Science Center
St. Louis Zoo and special exhibits - Caribbean Cove Sea Lion Sound
Sophia M. Sachs Butterfly House
World Bird Sanctuary and National Trails Day