I am remarkably lucky. I am also remarkably privileged but I truly believe that there is luck there, too.
Today I am celebrating the women who were doing the work before I was born. My grandmother who was a nurse and bucked tradition by not marrying until her thirties. My other grandmother who just turned 101 and was the first Jewish nurse in Toronto. My mother and her friends who despite (or possibly because of) incredibly different belief systems have remained friends for over 20 years. These women showed me what strong women look like. They were the mayor and school board members, they ran organizations for suicide prevention and raised children. They demonstrate to me what womanhood looks like. They are what I want to be.
I am celebrating my peers and the work we do. We study writing and make art. We work with children, college students, and adults. We spread tolerance and love. We talk about important issues and support each other’s endeavors. We push the definitions of feminism to make sure all women all included and we work on ourselves and our friendships.
I am celebrating the girls I teach and have taught. The girls who are working on becoming women. Who are finding their places in the world and learning to express themselves within that. They are fighting the good fight for equality and change. They are learning younger how to love people for who they are. They are amazing.
Happy International Women’s Day.
Personal Stuffs: Sarah was here!!!! She’s my bff from Hawaii and it was an amazing weekend.
Classroom Stuffs: I am caught up on all my work!!!!!!
Personal Change: Yoga this week? Maybe?
Classroom Change: We are starting our game designing this week. YAYAYAYAYAYYAY.
Reading: I am (still) listening to the Mistborn series still. I (still) like it. (STILL)
Watching: Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt!!! It was sooooo good.
Your assigned reading: JOMO, the opposite of FOMO.