Today a little girl graduated from her daycare. She was dressed in white, along with her other classmates. Her hair was pressed and curled flowing gracefully around her shoulders. This little girl was very happy to be at her graduation. Her mother and father were proud and beaming full of joy. Her two grandmothers were there to show their unconditional love for the child. Her uncle and aunt were also present to give that sense of family support. She loved the attention from the adults, however, her joy came from the presence of her three female cousins. No sooner then the graduation was over the girls ran after each other laughing and playing along with the other children present. Each child enjoying the moment in its entirety. It's always the little things that count, like that party after the chapter has closed. In this case the playing after the graduation is over.
Overall though, the program was a beautiful endeavor to help transition those children from one point to another. It was a formal Rites of Passage that is an important tradition. It's important in that it addresses that there is a next level. It is closing the chapter on one area of your life in order to open another.
The Rites of Passage process is just that a process. It is an agreement made by adults to become guides for children. It sets the stage for the next phase of life. It is a benchmark to look back on. Rites of Passage is as fundamental as taking a breath. When there isn't a Rites of Passage for the children to engage in, we tend to have disunity and disillusion. The things children do to try to replicate the process without knowing what the process is, is a sad affair. Life ends up being a series of detrimental events that soon become commonplace and finally it is normalized.
Peace and Blessings, that is what people expect when we see each other. If they don't hear a "Peace and Blessings" they start asking questions. It's funny how life can take you to where you began. That's what happened over here. We'll get to that a little later. So Mama Raminyah is a glorious misunderstanding to all those uninitiated souls. She's not without her challenges of course. It's just that the common motto is "God lives IN me AS me."