Eighteen years ago today, a Sikh father was murdered in front of his store in Mesa, Arizona by a man who called himself a patriot. Balbir Singh Sodhi became the first person killed in thousands of acts of hate in the aftermath of the horror of 9/11.
On Saturday night, my parents took my four-year old to a summer concert in a park by the water. On the way home, Kavi was riding on his grandfather’s shoulders, on top of the world. He wanted to take the water taxi across the marina. They were waiting on the dock when they heard an irate voice.
Some may see the holidays as a time to retreat from the cascade of crises facing our nation and world. We choose to see the holidays not as a time to try to escape but as an opportunity to ground ourselves in joy.