I had to do it for the cultures...
Models: Bella, Addisyn, Siddhi
Photo Credit: Stacy Hart Photography
If I’m honest, I can’t say that today is not like the days of yesterday. I can’t say that what used to exist doesn’t exist now. These would be what is considered as alternative facts.
Truth is, today is much like yesterday was. What used to be does still exist. It just looks different. What I’ve come to understand in the last two years is that water will always be wet and humans will sometimes be kind. Shout out to #humankind all over the world.
That’s what I’d like to call this image… Human Kind.
When the beautiful and most talented Stacy Hart texted us (“us” meaning myself and Laura Betters) this image in our group chat, I just about lost it. Filled with so much emotion and not enough words, I cried. This photo had said at all. I guess the saying is true, “a picture is worth a thousand words,” because I understood what it was saying without the formation of vowels and consonants and it was glorious. I believe that in that moment, that us three women, three mamas from different walks of life, different experiences, and different skin tones, we felt it too.
Write the vision...
Two years ago, this image was just a vision in my head sent from above. Much of what I do starts as an inspirational idea. I see it in full color and end up working backwards to see it to fruition… because, in my head, it has already manifested.
Two years ago, I shared this idea with a good friend and the timing just wasn’t right. So, I just sat with the idea in my head. I prayed and asked for guidance. I asked God to send the right people to execute this idea because I knew it was meaningful and I knew that the world needed it. Even as I sit here blogging about my thoughts surrounding “Human Kind,” I’m not certain that the entire world will be affected by these beautiful colors and these beautiful cultures but I am sure that those who need to believe that kindness still exists will receive it.
For the cultures...
In the black community this phrase is important. “For the culture,” as described in the urban dictionary means doing something because of an additional perceived value of doing a thing. “Doing it for the culture is usually, but not always, something you would normally do but because the added value of doing it is high, you do it anyway.” This image is just that. I believe that we pushed beyond our own reservations, and we did it for the culture of humanity.
This image is for you. This image is for me. This image is for yellow, brown, red, white, black. There is no one owner. We all vested. We all can take stake and hold stock in this.
I’m reminded of a Sunday school song...
“Red and yellow black and white they are precious in his sight. Jesus loves the little children of the world.”
This isn't fake news. Just stating facts.
I am grateful and thankful, that Stacy and Laura trusted me without fully knowing me, to allow their daughters to take part in something so magical. I went to these ladies, individually, to ask them to lend me their daughters and their clothes and their talents to pull this off. And the moment was captured at the right time and in the right space and released for such a time as this.
What we need to remember...
We are united in Christ. His example of sacrifice and advocacy and for love is what we should seek to replicate.
“Finally, all of you should be of one mind. Sympathize with each other. Love each other as brothers and sisters. Be tenderhearted, and keep a humble attitude.” I Peter 3:8
“Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.” 1 Corinthians 13:7
"Walking in another's shoes is not enough. Wear their clothes instead. Then, you will really see the world as it is to them."
“Three different friends. Three different colors. Three different cultures. Three different stories. United in Christ and in humanity. Let us all take note... They embrace each other’s culture. They see the difference in their skin color and they don’t even care. They love each other fully and without reservation. They are #humankind.”
-Stacy Hart, Mama of Addisyn and photographer at Stacy Hart Photography
Three skin colors. Three cultures. Three girls wearing others clothes which is just an outward representation of seeking to understand the inward story that someone else is walking around with every day. I have so many thoughts about this and yet no words seem to do. So, I’ll leave this here and let the picture do the talking.”
-Laura Betters, Mama of Siddhi and Blogger at The Simple Farmhouse
Let's be both human and kind.
Be the light and Spread love.
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