Today is International Women’s Day and for months I struggled to decide on the exact message I wanted to share. How could I inspire women, encourage them to be bolder, stronger, even happier? I suffered from word paralysis.
Then I came across this touching post on Serendipitydodah entitled “Love Is Very Much Like Courage” written by Meredith Indermaur. Now I have too many words but her’s are most powerful of all, not only as a mom but as a Christian mom having to go out there and find the courage to love – selflessly and unconditionally. You may have to read it more than once but that’s about all I’m going to say (I personally hate spoilers).
To all women, let us be feminine while being fierce and fearless. Let us uplift other women while walking equally with men. Let us be the example of leadership the world continues to look for especially today and may our light shine brightest when life is at its darkest.
Happy International Women’s Day … go out and celebrate with another amazingly awesome woman – because you can 🙂
“Do I want to be a hero to my son? No. I would like to be a very real human being. That’s hard enough.”
~ Robert Downey, Jr.
This is simply a mother’s perspectiove on Father’s Day. I have one son. No other children. I worry about him sometimes only because like most other parents I want the absolute best for him. My life experiences offered lots of lessons but when I try to share them he usually likes to learn his own lessons in his own way. That can be tough for a parent; to let go and let be.
Yet I have to admit I grew up in a totally different time. Today, things that are considered normal or acceptable would have been frowned upon 50 years ago when we were a more conservative society. Homosexuality for example was kept a secret for as long as possible to avoid the judgmental stares, comments and victimization. If you were a brave man you came out; if you were a woman you kept your secret even longer to avoid the fingers pointing at ‘that lesbian girl’.
In a world of same sex marriages and public displays of affection, these questions came up during a recent discussion with some friends: what would you do if your child told you they were gay? Would you be supportive? Would you put them out on the street if they still lived with you? Would you be accepting of their partner? Would you need an extra supply of blood pressure meds?
I honestly didn’t have an answer but one of the most profound comments that night was this one: “Well you know what? It is what it is.”
As we get ready to salute all dads on Father’s Day in a few days, I salute this parent’s response to the news that both of his sons were gay, even while asking you: what would you do if this happened to you?
And then, the dad was able to share his feelings about his sons.
I appreciated the mature way he supported them.
I look at you
sometimes more than
once in a single day
eyes fully open
not wanting to miss
one single moment,
straining to really see
how much of me
with you, in you;
not wanting you to be me
(not at all!)
but acknowledging all
that I could ever wish for
is already there … within you …
my most amazing work of art.