Inclusion is something that runs very strong in Rirou something that punk rock brought it to him. Rirou always felt better in punk rock concerts because seemed like people were more real, without a mask, and that became stronger after Luke was born.
Rirou first solo experience at a park in Florida with Luke was quite interesting. At the park a group from a church was doing a picnic and everyone was starring at them and saying things. Rirou didn’t give a shit and continue to have fun with Luke, after all that was not the first time that something like that happened. It’s just ironic.
Last year Rirou did an advocacy course and he learned that by law Religion did NOT have to obey the ADA regulations and make Churches accessible. How ironic, Religion claims to teach love and the actions are completely opposite. The collective matrix is so ironically funny.
Rirou did not understand that, after all inclusion is not rocket science, is actually quite simple and like one athlete that he coached said once: “We all got challenges, the difference is that you see mine.” He is an Olympic para triathlete. Is that simple, and inclusion in my view as a Dad, comes in the little things such as:
- Talk don’t stare. It’s ok to be curious and ask question, so ask don’t stare.
- Assume competence. In my experience Luke have a pretty good idea of what he can and can’t do. So assume competence, if he can’t do he will say, and in doubt go back to the 1st punk rule “Thou shalt not be an asshole”. Well, that is Rirou experience.
- Age appropriate. Talk to them age appropriate.
- Look for the similarities. You don’t know how to start? Start by the fact that we are all humans.
- Don’t block ramps. Yeah, is 2020 and this shit still happens.
- Park in between the white lines. Again, that still happens in 2020.
That is a good start, and that is the 3rd Rock-it-ology punk rule. Rirou wrote a little small book about inclusion, called the sun. Read below.