I am so very sorry that many of us have let you down. I am sorry that we disappoint you on a daily basis by engaging in the very behavior we urge you not to engage in.
From a very early age, we adults encourage you to share your toys, say please and thank you, mind your manners, be kind and respectful to others and to never to be a bully. We take you to church, socialize you and expose you to people who are different. We teach you tolerance and acceptance and hope that you will grow up to be a kind and happy adult.
But in reality, we fail. We ourselves don’t share. We are demanding of others, we do not take accountability for our actions, we blame others, we are not kind or respectful to others and we do the bullying. We model the exact opposite of what we want you to become, and for that, I truly apologize.
I apologize for the times we yell at your coach during your sporting event. I apologize for giving the finger to a driver that forgot to turn on his signal. I apologize for saying bad things about your friend Tommy’s mother. I apologize for calling your teacher stupid. I apologize for judging our foreign neighbors and the gay waiter at the cafe. I apologize for encouraging you to always fight to get your way and to question all authority. I apologize for making you think that you are entitled and owed the things you want.
I am sorry that you saw the mean things we wrote on another person’s Facebook page and for the heartless tweet we retweeted. I am sorry you witnessed us threaten to sue someone because we didn’t get our way. I am sorry that we are not the adults we are supposed to be.
I am forever embarrassed and appalled that you have to witness adults engage in insulting rhetoric toward one another. Everywhere you turn, there is an adult not behaving like an adult should. An adult with no respect for others and absolutely no civility.
I apologize with all my heart that you have to hear our elected officials, the very people who are supposed to serve us, engage in preposterous rhetoric and behavior. I am sorry that they have made a mockery of a diplomatic and respectful process our founding fathers worked hard to develop. I am sorry that even at the highest level, there is bullying. I am sorry that you are being held to the highest standards at school and punished if you bully someone, yet the adults around you get away with it day after day.
I am truly sorry.
I can only hope that you see how the behavior we are engaging in, does not work. That the wisdom beyond your years helps you recognize how flawed we are and that in spite of it, you choose to follow your little kind and growing heart to be the person you are meant to be. That you let your pudgy little hand reach up to the sky and grab the opportunities that await you. That your developing eyes see no colors, no borders and no walls. That your innocent and caring soul knows without a doubt that spreading love and kindness is the ticket to a happy and fulfilling life.
I apologize on behalf of all adults.