Warrior Training: Explaining Womanhood To My Daughters - Page 2
These kinds of warriors are everywhere: Any woman who’s given natural childbirth, lived with a chronic condition, witnessed—or fought in—a war. Any woman who’s run a marathon, earned a college degree, worked for an NGO. Any woman who has ever dealt with oppression, with contractors during a home remodel, with an unappreciative audience. Any woman who has raised a healthy, well-adjusted child in a crazy world. Any woman who has bettered herself, helped another, or paved the way.
Women are defined by their fortitude during the greatest battles, and their patience during the seemingly trivial ones. Basement flooding. Runny noses. Domestic abuse. Bad hair days. Saving a marriage. Head lice. A child who never. Stops. Talking.
Growing up, I saw that a woman is kind and loving, tough and protective, and unflinchingly brave when it counts most. She knows how to care for herself so she has the stamina to care for others. Being a woman means listening to gripes, sharing in triumphs, and believing in your friends. It means focusing on the best in yourself—your talents, your body, your thoughts, your dreams—and trying to find the best in others, especially those you may dislike. It means assessing a situation, understanding the right path to take, and doing that, even when it looks impossible.
Am I ready for the inevitable mother-daughter talk? (No, not THAT one. That one can wait.)
My kids are constantly practicing their superhero moves, so it shouldn't be hard to swing the conversation in that direction when the time is right. For now, it looks like I have a lot of warrior training ahead.
Read more about Angela O.'s struggle to save public education at: A World of Words, her real warrior training at: From Basic Training To Black Sash, and her trip to the Sundance Film Festival 2010 at: Sundance...Or Bust! You can also follow her on Twitter. This is an original post to the Silicon Valley Moms Blog.