My promise

When I found out I was having a baby boy I was shocked. I don’t know why, but I was confident that he was a she. The thought of having a baby at all excited me, but for whatever reason was looking forward to having a girl. Not for all the typical reasons like cute bows, socks, shoes, dresses, hair styles and the like. It was partly because being a woman, I felt prepared to handle all the standard woman lessons. Mostly it was because I wanted to raise a strong woman. I was looking forward to creating a member of society that would show the world what gender equality really looked like.
And then I realized, I still can.
I will raise my son to have the understanding that he is no less than but no greater than anyone. That everyone should be treated with respect and kindness regarding their own person. He will know that his mommy worked while his daddy stayed home with him. That will never be abnormal. He will know that communication is pivotal in every situation and displaying your emotions does not make you a weak person. He will not be afraid to laugh. He will not be afraid to cry. He will know that no one should be able to tell you what to do in regards to your body. We will fight so that he has a positive body image. He will know that violence is not a go to response. He will play with dolls. He will play with trucks. We will visit fire stations, and go see ballets. We will build model cars, paint, play musical instruments, dress up in costumes, ANYTHING that makes him smile. He will play baseball and take tap class. He will not feel out of place in a room full of Men, Women, Blacks, Hispanics, Lesbians, Gays, Bisexuals, Straights, old people, young people, or any other characteristic that makes him different.
This is my promise. I will work as hard as I can to create a member of society that embodies equality.
To all my friends who attended Women Marches, in every city and state, I thank you. Eli thanks you. Please, continue the strength you showed on January 21, 2017. To steal some amazing words from an amazing writer “History has it’s eyes on you.”

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