How do I explain
this world to my kids?
With all that is going on right now, Jen and I are struggling
as parents with the question of how in the world do we
explain what is going on in society to our kids? I mean, we
literally cannot go a week without another mass shooting
tragedy in this country right now. It seems like every channel you turn to, there is an incidence of violence, terror,
hate, racism, and people who simply cannot and will not
get along. What happened to us as a nation? And how did
we become so bitterly polarized and divided?
I don’t know the answers to these questions. It is hard
because as a lawyer, you are trained to know the answer to
every question before you ask it. Thus, if you don’t know,
you had better research and prepare and find the answer
before you ever ask the question to someone else. So, as a
lawyer, and a parent to a six and three–year–old, I am desperately trying to find some answers before my kids start
asking the tough questions about why the world we live in
is such a violent place.
As Jen and I work through how to handle this, we have
come up with one universal truth that we want our kids to
understand and practice: Love all people. Love all people.
Love them regardless of their race or their color. Love
them if they are different from you, or don’t have the same
likes or opinions that you do. Love them regardless of their
religion creed. Love them even if they have a different
political party or beliefs from you. Love them regardless
of their sexual orientation or who they like or love. And
now for the really hard one – Love them even if they don’t
For us, the lessons of life start with love. Love people and
respect their life. I keep thinking, if we all started with that
line of thinking, then maybe, just maybe, there would be a
lot less hate.
Maybe this is naïve, and I have had it argued to me that
you are setting your kids up to be soft in this current
world if you approach it this way. Maybe, maybe not. I
just know this. I have
never been a person
who has viewed the
world or the people in
it through a prism of
race or color. I have
not been one to judge
somebody on the
basis of their religion
or sexual orientation.
I strongly disagree at
times with members
of a certain political
party, but I respect
their opinions and believe they have a right
to the same. I have had very good friends in the opposite
party, and I never let their political beliefs turn me off to
the good that is in their soul. I am a white guy, raised in an
almost all white area, who grew up, attended a historically
African American law school, went to work in the largest
Hispanic law firm in Central Florida, and now today, I
run one of the most diverse law firms in Central Florida.
How does that happen? Because I only see people. I don’t
see white people, or black people or Spanish people. I see
people. And my baseline, when I meet someone, is to love
Lord knows I am not perfect at this, and sometimes,
people are evil people, and I am not going to waste my
precious time on those. But, time and time again, I have
found, that the world can be a wonderful and awesome
place when instead of trying to dictate what you think
should be in it, you simply embrace it as is.
So, here is our step one, as a family. We will raise our
children to love and respect others, no matter what. Our
hopes in doing the same is that they will embrace and be
embraced, and maybe and hopefully, that makes the world
and our society a safer and more loving place.
All lives matter
By: Jennefer Martinez–Gibson
Black lives matter. White lives matter. Hispanic lives matter. Muslim
lives matter. Christian lives matter. Atheist lives matter. Gay lives matter. Civilian lives matter. Military lives matter. Cop lives matter.
The point is each and every life matters. God teaches us that even evil
life matters and that he is the only one who can judge, and that he forgives the worst of sinners if they repent. So instead of being a society
(cops and all) that goes right for the gun and takes life, let’s start by
disarming hate and intolerance. People are naturally emotional and
unstable beings and the worst thing we do is arm them and promote
violence. We just eliminate each other so easily and have become so
desensitized that it is normal to turn on the TV and see someone bleed
out on the news, more so then in the fictional movies and shows.
Let’s stop pretending that “this life” is a GI Joe movie or a video
game and let’s acknowledge that this is “real life” and we all bleed. When you shoot and kill, you leave kids
without parents, parents without children, wives with no husbands, and you destroy lives and families. Let’s
think before we shoot and let’s stop thinking the only way to resolve problems and differences is to kill.
Let’s stop assuming all Muslims are terrorists and let’s stop thinking all black people are going to commit
crime and shoot cops. Let’s also NOT assume all cops are bad.
And shame on the elected officials, all of them Democrats and Republicans for teaching this society that
coming together to discuss our differences isn’t even an option. Shame on the leaders of this nation for being too immature to have adult conversations, ones that involve debate and compromise and unselfishness.
Rather than to put its people above all, including lobbying and bought elections, this is what you created and
this is your legacy. You have promoted hate and you have spoken disgust and taught this society that it is ok
to hate others just because of differences in opinion. You have taught people to be intolerant towards each
other and different ways of life. This is partly your mess and I don’t know how or when we come back from
Wake up America – we are no one to implement and promote our way of life on anyone when we have our
own mess to clean and our own lessons to learn. Remember organizations like Isis thrive on chaos and we
are doing our own bang up job right here at home. Careful what we promote and careful of the lessons we
teach our children. “He who is without sin cast the first stone.” I don’t see anyone without sin here.
ALL LIVES MATTER!
From Attorney Michael T. Gibson – Many of you know Jen from our commercials and from her work
at the office. In addition to being an awesome mother to our kids, and a rock star at the office, Jen is very
passionate on the subject of gun violence and gun reform. Additionally, we are both against discrimination
in all of its forms. Given recent current events, we choose to speak out in this newsletter, in the hopes that
likeminded people will do the same. This is Jen’s first article in our newsletter. I am proud of my wife for
speaking out and standing up for what she believes in.
By Attorney Michael T. Gibson
The Fourth of July is when we pack up the van and head on down to Sanibel Island for some rest, relaxation, and a whole lot of fun.
This year’s trip did not disappoint, although it was probably the hottest it had ever been. It was so hot, we had to wait sometimes until
late in the day to hit the beach or the pool. But that didn’t stop Brady and Eme from having lots and lots of fun in the sand and the water. Whether it was searching for shells, making sand castles, or just hanging out, our two munchkins had a blast, and Mom and Dad
just enjoyed their smiling faces. Here are some pics of the trip. We hope you and your loved ones are enjoying the summer, and staying
cool as well.
Eme and Papa
Eme loves selfies. Here we are taking a break
from the heat.
Mama and Brady play
While Eme and I chilled out, Jen and Brady
took to a wave runner and had a blast
We caught a rainbow and played in the sand. No, we didn’t make this
wonderful sand minion, but we enjoyed it all the same.
No matter where
we were, Brady
and Eme stuck
had fun together.
Here they are
dressed up for
dinner, and playing around at one
of our favorite
Jen is trying to
make this a tradition, however, as
the kids get bigger, we aren’t all
fitting in the pic
De regreso a la escuela:
MANTENGA PRECAUCIÓN MIENTRAS CONDUCE
By Juan Jose Rodriguez
Ya estamos en el mes de agosto, y como todos sabemos los estudiantes van a regresar a clases. Después de pasar unos meses sin ver autobuses escolares, ahora nos vamos a encontrar los autobuses amarillos deteniéndose
para recoger estudiantes; también padres llevando a sus hijos a la escuela, niños en sus bicicletas cruzando en las intersecciones. el reducir la
velocidad en zona escolares y tantos otros cambios que siempre ocurren al comenzar de nuevo el año escolar.
Algo que también debemos de tomar en consideración, es cuando estudiantes jóvenes están conduciendo. Muchos de ellos acaban de obtener sus licencias de conducir, quizás sea la primera vez que conducen solos, y estarán conduciendo sus automóviles para la escuela superior.
He aquí algunos consejos ofrecidos por el
National Safety Council Mission:
En resumen, tengamos más precaución al comenzar el año escolar, por el bienestar y seguridad de nuestros jóvenes estudiantes.
- No deje o recoja sus niños en las calles adyacentes de la escuela, sino en las áreas designadas
- Comparta la transportación con otros padres que también tienen que llevar niños
- No bloquee el paso de los estudiantes que están cruzando cuando se detenga en la luz, esto puede forzar al estudiante a caminar fuera
del cruce designado y cerca del trafico
- Tome precauciones adicionales cuando las luces intermitentes están encendidas en la zona escolar
- Respecte las instrucciones de los oficiales que dirigen el trafico
- No trate de pasarle a vehículos que estén recogiendo o dejando niños.
- Es ilegal en los 50 estados de la nación el pasar un autobús escolar que está detenido recogiendo o dejando estudiantes
- Unos 10 pies alrededor del autobús es la zona más peligrosa, deténgase lo más lejos que pueda para que los estudiantes tengan espacio
para entrar y salir del autobús.
- Manténgase alerta observando con cuidado a los estudiantes en bicicleta, especialmente los que salen entre medio de autos estacionados
- Observe sus espejos retrovisores por peatones o bicicletas antes de abrir su puerta
- Si observa un joven estudiante (o cualquier otro conductor) entretenido mientras conduce, mantenga distancia, y si lo ve conduciendo en
forma errática, repórtelo a las autoridades, es mejor que reciba una advertencia a que cause un accidente.
Michael T. Gibson , P. A.
2420 South Lakemont Avenue,
Orlando, FL 32814
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