Dear little girl,
I want you to know that this world is full of triumphs and joys.
All you need to do is get out of bed each day, set your mind to it, and you can make things happen.
You can change the life of someone who’s hurting.
You can complete the soul of another.
You can be the sturdy oak that holds a family together.
The number of opportunities that await you can be endless.
But little one,
You must know that this can be a secret.
It is kept hidden away in the heart of your mother and the mothers before her.
At some point, they were told that our strength,
the power that rumbles within us, is not to be on stage.
Yes, we must be there to catch them when they fall
to take the blame when nobody else wants to,
but beyond that you are to stand in the shadows.
There will be days where no matter how hard you try,
No matter all the potential inside,
A boy will step in front of you.
Please do not blame him.
He hasn’t known better.
Just as we learned from our mothers, he has learned from his fathers.
Now, here is what matters,
Are you listening?
You must never accept the shadows as your home.
You belong center stage.
You will sing at the top of your lungs until they hear you.
You will prove them wrong time and time again until they start to believe you.
You will raise your sons to look for you in the light and find the woman that needs no man to lead her.
Little girl, this world is full of triumphs and joys that may be disguised as judgment and doubt.
You are too clever for their jests
You are too strong for their denials.
Go be the one who proves them all wrong.