We’re in that period of sleep post-baby where I’m starting to feel like I can’t even remember what it’s like to sleep through the night. Close your eyes in the evening and don’t open them again until morning? Start the day feeling refreshed? Preposterous. Silas has recently decided he very much wants to hang out with his parents in the middle of the night. (Not nurse. Not cry. Just chill, wide awake and wriggling.) We’re coping (and trying to convince him otherwise), but I’m admittedly very tired and very much daydreaming about a good night’s sleep. Here, a few dreamy objects to complete the picture:
A quilted throw for snuggling under.
A kyanite cluster for sweet dreams and meditation.
A moonstone for a bit of pretty and a bit of calm.
A pillow filled with wheat berries for soothing tired eyes.
A mobile for hanging above the bed.
A stump for a bedside book.
A carafe for
A brass wall lamp that a baby can’t knock over.
Tea to help sleep come.
Slippers in case of emergency.
In an effort to ground all of this make-believing in something a bit more down to earth, here are a few things we can do to help DREAMers today:
To protect DREAMers and other immigrants: Get informed and pick up the phone. On September 5, 2017, the current administration announced it would rescind the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. Until October 5, 2017, certain DACA recipients had the opportunity to renew and receive a final two-year period of DACA. Now that the deadline has passed, we need to support immigrant youth more than ever. Understand the issues by familiarizing yourself with these handy explainer guides.
To change the conversation: Help rewrite the story. Define American believes in the power of storytelling to make meaningful change. With a mission to use storytelling to “transcend politics and shift the conversation about immigrants, identity, and citizenship in a changing America,” Define American uses the power of media and entertainment to change the current political conversation surrounding immigrants. Do your part by joining the #wordsmatter campaign. Commit to changing the way you speak about immigrants.
To defend immigrants’ legal rights: Support the Immigrant Defense Project, which “works to secure fairness and justice for immigrants in the United States.” Among their many initiatives, the IDP challenges unjust laws targeting immigrants, works to end the criminalization of immigrants, combats negative perceptions of immigrants, and empowers communities by providing important educational resources about the American legal system. Donate to support their work, here.