The 4th of July suddenly has a deeper meaning to me, seeing as I’ve just launched this intentional approach to celebrating feminism in our family.
We’re turning independence day into independence month, and beyond.
I used to be an excited new mom that bought cute little red, white and blue rompers for my kids this time of year so I could take pin-worthy photos of them waving flags. Now, I’m not knocking the lifestyle blogger image, as I sure am guilty of it even here–but what if we all were to take a break from that and redirect our attention to fanning the flames of what freedom really is? The pursuit of equality and the benefit of all. What if we all braved taking status quo to task and realized that there’s room for everyone at the top?
We sure would make our own fireworks, wouldn’t we?
Now, I’m not the most woke bulb in the bunch, but I do feel like I know a thing or two about awareness. The trick for me is to not go polar opposite my usual self, thinking that pouting in the corner is the answer. That the best way to protest a false sense of independence is to work harder with my kids as individuals who are part of a bigger picture. To constantly seek out what makes them tick and challenge them to go after life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness with a vengeance.
I’m learning that in order to be an informed and engaged citizen, I’d better be an informed and engaged mom on the same level. I promise to open my heart and my head to these perspectives that vary on the spectrum of my very different 7 kids. They all have something of value to contribute, and not everyone is as in-your-face about it as I am. We’ll all get in the ring in our own way, I know–but I hope you’ll join in today especially. Even if it’s to watch fireworks differently and reflect about contributing to changing the landscape of equity.
So Called Mom