What Women Inspire You?
“You educate a man; you educate a man. You educate a woman; you educate a generation.”
― Brigham Young
Happy International Women’s Day! I think this is a great day for a new blog design, don’t you?
For those of you who kept going on to see if the new site was up – I TOTALLY FORGOT TO TELL YOU THAT IT IS AT DALAILINA.COM! I bet you were still going to Dalailina.wordpress.com…this is quite a learning process, I tell you!
Back to Women’s Day…I know, I know, there seems to be a day dedicated for just about everything:
- January 22nd is National Blonde Brownie Day
- February 12th is National Plumb Pudding Day
- May 10th is National Clean up your room Day (I’m putting that one on my calendar)
- July 15th is National Tapioca Pudding Day (have I mentioned my mom makes the best?)
- Sept 18th is National Play Doh Day
But, since I LOVE women and our ability to change the world, I can’t help myself.
I must recognize it.
We actually did our Women’s Day celebration last night because I knew we wouldn’t be able to tonight. Here are a few things we did:
1. Told my kids a story of their great-great-grandma Lina
We don’t tell enough stories! Our oral tradition is pathetic. We need to give our girls a sense of where they came from by telling them stories of their female ancestors.
My great-grandma Lina lost her dominant arm in a broken window accident. Just to see how hard that would have been, the kids and I all tried to draw pictures and write out names with our left hand. We all failed horribly. Yet, my grandma Lina managed to make the best cherry pies, squeeze me fresh orange juice from her trees in the backyard, and pour herself a shot or bourbon every once in a while (wouldn’t you if you only had one arm?)
2. Read Wilma Unlimited to my kids
The story of Wilma Rudolph never gets old. Doctors told her she would NEVER walk after contracting polio at age five but through shear determination and hard work she became the fastest woman in the world. Even my boys are impressed with a triple Olympic gold medal winner: the 100 meter, the 200 meter, and the 400 meter relay. And I complain I can’t sit in Fixed Firm because my knees hurt…
Have any good books about inspiring women around? If not, tell the story of your favorite famous woman.
3. Talked about how it is for women in other parts of the world
They couldn’t believe that some girls don’t get to go to school, chose who they marry, dance, listen to rock music, or wear any kind of clothes they want. Our kids are so sheltered it is important to talk to them about how it is for people in other parts of the world. Our girls are so blessed to be born here!
So, today, give a nod to the amazing women in your life! And to all you amazing, talented, beautiful, hard-working, loving, compassionate women in mine (Happy Birthday, Mom!), THANK YOU for always inspiring me to do my best. Everyday. We are pretty awesome.