I was riding the bus one recent day when I noticed a striking badge on a seatmate's winter coat. It was black, with a blue heart that seemed hand-drawn on it. The words "Love Thy Neighbor" around one edge of the circular black badge were accompanied by letters I recognized as Hebrew and Arabic. (No picture accompanies this story because I don't want to reveal too much of what it looks like. You'll see why.)
My seatmate told me that the Hebrew and Arabic letters said the same thing, "love thy neighbor." She had gotten the badge when she went to a rally sometime after the inauguration. I told her I liked the badge, and of course the saying, and I thought that was it.
We rode on in silence until her stop.
As she rose to go, she took the badge loose from her coat, passed it to me and said "Love thy neighbor."
I continue to wear it, and I have resolved that the next time someone comments about it or engages me in conversation over it, I shall pass it along to that person.
It's a small reminder, but we need all the reminders we can muster.
Margaret Serious has a page on Facebook.
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