Love can be celebrated in many forms. Love isn't just romantic. Love from family members is essential for a child's growth and development. Siblings have a unique way to show love (I know, I started Kids Creative with my brother :).
Communities also have a responsibility to show love to their members in a safe, respectful way. At Kids Creative, we show love by celebrating each person's voice, and lifting each other up in a supportive way. Love at Kids Creative means helping each person be who they strive to be. We try to recognize our own biases and even when our first instinct is to say "no" to an idea, we treat each other with respect by instead saying "yes, and...". Love is asking questions about an idea instead of attacking. At the base of all interactions in Kids Creative is the notion that we want each other to succeed by reaching individual and communal goals. This allows us to create a space for positive/proactive peace.
I think back to Lin Manuel Miranda's speech following the tragic shooting in Orlando: We live through times when hate and fear seem stronger
We rise and fall and light from dying embers,
Remembrances that hope and love last longer.
And love is love is love is love is love is love is love is love, cannot be killed or swept aside.
On this Valentine's Day, let's celebrate by listening, lifting up each other's voice and saying "Yes, and...".