Embarking on a new school year I always savor my classroom lesson on "mutual respect" that occurs at the beginning of the year. On so many levels their has been a significant amount of disparity in the realm of "mutual respect and love for all humanity" in our world today which has unfortunately been passed on from generation to generation. Today's issues and conflicts all around this world confirm how far we have come as a country and nation. Regrettably, these same issues and conflicts screams loud and clear of how much more individual and collective work and improvements we have to make. As I engaged my students on the importance of individual uniqueness and mutual respect I was reminded by a student during our discussion that "WE ALL MATTER". The student was asked this question: "If the whole world were listening what would you tell them?". The student's response was "Mrs. Jackson if I could shout out one thing to a listening world I would say that "WE ALL MATTER". My student's response was a reminder for me to check and re-evaluate my walk of mutual respect towards others that may not talk like me; look like me; eat the same foods that I eat; engage in different cultural activities and/or religions than me; think like me; celebrate like me; etc. Our "book covers and chapters" (our lives) all look and read differently. Nevertheless, if we were to fall and scrape our elbow, on the way up while dusting ourselves off from our fall we should recognize the blood underneath our elbow bleeds red. I was reminded once again that this life that I'm currently living is truly not just all about me. I'm so GRATEFUL that out of a babe's mouth my lesson was once again confirmed and I was reminded the extreme importance to walk and live out the truth that was spoken aloud: "WE ALL MATTER!"