Sunday, July 31, 2005

Better Late Than Never

I bought Peanut some pajamas with little ballerinas all over them, with a shirt that says "Future Prima Ballerina".

There is no way I could have done this even a few months ago. But looking at those adorable pjs, I came to a realization that perhaps I should have come to a long time ago:

It isn't that I want her to be a ballerina, it's that I want her to feel graceful and beautiful when she moves.

It isn't that I want her to be a fighter pilot, it's that I want her to feel powerful and competent and able to do things that some men think she can't.

It isn't that I want her to be a soccer star, it's that I want her to feel strong and energetic and comfortable with her body.

It isn't that I want her to climb Mt. Everest, it's that I want her to be able to enjoy the outdoors and appreciate nature.

It isn't that I want her to be a beauty queen, it's that I want everyone else to recognize how gorgeous and talented she is.

I can help her with most of those things. I can help her to feel good about herself, I can feed her healthy foods and get her outside and active, I can encourage her to develop into the kind of person she wants to be. I can't fix her legs, but I can tell her how proud I am of her, and how confident I am in her strength, and how much I love her.

3 comments:

Dana said...

Catie will be and do all that and more. You have such a special little girl there. She is smart and she is gorgeous. She is really a blessing and if anyone fucks with her Cobain will kick their ass.

Mouthy Mom said...

What a beautiful post! She is very lucky to have a mom like you who will encourage and enable her to do and be all she can do and be!

Mouthy Mom
www.mouthymom.com

TigerJen said...

I just wanted to tell you that I loved this post. Two thumbs up!