Women I want to grow old with
This year the theme for Women’s day is “Think Equal, Build Smart, Innovate for Change” Let’s!
In honor of International Women’s Day, I want to toss some gratitude toward many examples of fierce, brave, intelligent and compassionate women in my life. Collectively they have blazed the trail, created role models, challenged the status quo, caused me to think and stand tall. Because of women all around me and gone before I am who I am.
I want to give a shout out first to my mom who is fiercely independent and capable and godly. She taught me, perhaps without even realizing it, that my gender should never be considered a liability.
My sister is one of the most talented and beautiful people I know. She still teaches me so much; she is my thought partner, my mentor in motherhood and creative beyond belief.
My daughter is beautiful and creative and ridiculously talented. I know that it requires the wisdom of generations of women to love on a young girl and walk with her while encouraging her to discover who she is every step of the way. You amaze me and startle me and I am so proud to be your mom.
I have a cadre of women that I call friends. They come in all shapes, ages and bring so much to my life. They live all over the world and some even live in heaven. They model generosity and listening. They make me laugh, they make me whole and they make me wonder how I got to be so blessed to have them in my life.. They hold me accountable, they hold my heart, and they hold me up when I am weary. They keep my secrets, they keep me going and they keep on forgiving me. They pray for me. They remember me.
This day is for each of you. I salute you. I bless you. Thank you for making the world a stronger, happier and holier place. Here’s to the women who went before us and those walking along side us. Let’s keep the torch burning! I want to be like you when I grow up and most of all, I want to grow old with you.