International Peace On Playgrounds

At a typical playground in Los Angeles it is common to be surrounded by outcasts of every religion, nationality, culture and creed.  I'm talking Moms, their kids and at least 4 languages. This always impressed me. In this unique city, a true international melting pot, you will hear Mothering in Russian, Spanish, Armenian, Japanese, French and English.

These Moms all represent a place on the globe and with them the traditions they learned there: Mothers of Jewish, Christian, Muslim and Hindu  faiths interwined with Mothers of Agnostic, Buddist and Catholic faiths.

On any given day you'll see them -- a bonafide a coalition of the willing -- lovingly caring for their children and respecting the children of others. Free of fear, fights, prejudices and personal safety in this neutral territory, these Moms convene for one universal objective:

To exhaust the children.

Though it is widely reported that kids do not harbor the superficial dislikes that we adults have, what about the Mothers? We were once grown women, tethered to rules of national pride, religious dogma, and ideals of cultural norms. 

Now as Mothers, unified in playground peacekeeping, we are respectful and cooperative. The finest example of the United Nations. 

Why isn't it this way off the playground?

In a world that normally divides individuals along national and religious boundaries, I have learned that Motherhood super-cedes them all. Allow me to described my personal international Mom Alliance represented by the United States (New Jersey and Louisiana), El Salvador, Colombia, Egypt and Japan. We outcasts forged bonds over sleepless nights and Mommie & Me classes.

With absolute certainty I can say there is no difference in what a Mother from Japan wants for her child than one from El Salvador or Egypt. 

Before this international coalition came together I may have naively believed that Americans most want the best for their children. That's kind of the American message. After all, we have rules governing food safety and laws that require child safety seats, crib standards and unlimited access to talking Elmo dolls. 

But I have learned that no matter the religious or political view, every mother I know wakes up and goes to bed a night wanting the very best for her children. We are limited only in our ability to appreciate our similarities. These are simply matters of perception.

Though we await our day in the sun, Motherhood is the ultimate unifying experience, trumping the will of politicians, all the battles ever fought and even our religious divides.

Heather blogs about Motherhood & Other Offensive Situations at



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