This isn’t a political post. Those of you who know me know where I stand politically, and those who don’t probably don’t care. Still, in the midst of so much political discourse on social media, I have spent a lot of time thinking about what is important and what doesn’t really matter so much.
In about three months we’ll bring our second daughter into the world. There is so much I want for them. To quote Marmee from Little Women, “I so wish I could give my girls a more just world. But I know they’ll make it a better place.”
So here are some of the hopes I have for these two girls that I love more than anything in the world.
I want my daughters to respect themselves and others. I want them to have the confidence to know they can pursue any dreams they have.
I want them to shake off criticism.
I want them to know it is more important to be kind and clever than to be pretty.
I want them to avoid growing up too quickly and I want them to play with dolls too long.
I want them to embrace being girly, but not be afraid to get their hands dirty be it on the farm, at the fishing hole, or on the golf course.
I want them to never lose site of the importance of being kind to all people and to animals.
I want them to know it’s OK to be a feminist and the negative connotations that term gets are from people who necessitate the existence of feminism.
I want them to learn how to tune out negative energy.
I want them to find something they enjoy doing and give it their all.
I want them to find happiness, whatever form that takes in their lives.
At the end of the day, even if we differ on our political stances, we are probably not that different when it comes to what we want for our children.