In Celebration of Mr. Lawson


It seems to me that things have become worse. The hate that so permeates the world has increased at a sharp tangent, and it looks like things will grow direr as time progresses. This would seem strange in a time when the world has become more connected globally, yet it is this connection that might be the cause of some of the problems.
As a child of the 70s, I was raised in time of change after the Civil Rights Movements had transformed the United States. For many of my generation know the truth, that is, that the prejudice and hate never went away. It just went underground. I remember the experiences of discrimination. I remember being called “boy” or “nigger”. I remember growing up and the white boys in school would wear white pillowcases over their heads on Halloween. I remember being pulled over by police numerous times, but never feared being shot back then. We might get hit over the head with the policeman’s nightstick, but at least they never shot us. I remember being attacked by dogs owned by my white supposed friends as they stood there and laughed.
In these current times, everyone is screaming for unity or diversity tolerance. Yet, the more people scream, the more anger they create. Maybe, their screaming is bringing the hate back out. Maybe, their screaming is making things worse. I am not saying it is a bad thing, for I am the first one to stand and fight. My demon is that even I still have some prejudices. We all have some type of prejudice. It is the notion of prejudice that leads me to Mr. Lawson.

The British Broadcasting Corporation, or better known as the BBC, has produced some of televisions best dramas. In the United States, many are broadcast on local public broadcasting channels. “Call the Midwife” is one such drama, and considered one of the best the BBC has ever produced. The show is entering its sixth season, and can be seen on PBS, along with all the episodes on Netflix.
In the show’s second episode of the first season, there is a gentleman by the name Ted Lawson. Mr. Lawson is a very happy overly doting expectant father. Mr. Lawson goes and gets all the books he can on childbirth and smothers his wife constantly with attention. Mrs. Lawson, or Winnie, is not so enthused about being pregnant. She is 41 years old and has already given birth twice from a previous marriage. During the show, Mrs. Lawson would reveal to one of the midwives that she did not love Mr. Lawson and only married him to support her and her two children. Mrs. Lawson would tell the midwife that she did not want to have the child.
Later in the episode, Mrs. Lawson would go into labor and Mr. Lawson would summon the midwives. After Mr. Lawson leaves the midwives to assist with the birth of the child, Mrs. Lawson informs the midwives that she was afraid to have the child because it might be a black child. Mrs. Lawson tells the midwives that she felt lonely in her marriage and went out one night for a drink and ended sleeping with a black man.
The midwives would deliver the baby and it was a black child. It was after the birth that the doctor arrives. The doctor decides that the child should be taken to the hospital where the baby can then be place in an orphanage. The doctor first elects to speaks with Mr. Lawson who has been waiting outside to hear good news. The doctor attempts to soften the situation, but Mr. Lawson request to see the child. Mr. Lawson goes in and everyone is in complete silence and scared to death. Mr. Lawson asked Mrs. Lawson if he could see the child. Mrs. Lawson gives the baby to him. Mr. Lawson holds the baby and calls it the most beautiful thing he ever saw.
Mr. Lawson never asked any questions. He raised the child as if it was his own. He changed from a doting husband to a doting father. It is people who are like Ted Lawson that this world needs more of. The unquestioned love such as given by Ted Lawson is what today’s human race starves for. Maybe, if people would switch from an idea of forced acceptance to the idea of love, we could all actually get along.