Friday, January 15, 2010


Today, I witnessed my niece, Chelsea Eve, being born. She was 8 pounds, 4 ounces.

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

From Smurfette to Equal Rights

As I ran the brush through Grace's wet hair after her shower, she played with some small figures of Smurfette. "Mommy, I love these gnomes. They are so cute."

"Grace, those aren't gnomes. They are called Smurfs."

"Well, I like to call them gnomes. This is my favorite. What are they called again?" she replied as she stroked Smurfette's plastic yellow hair.



"All of these smurfs are actually Smurfette. She was the only girl smurf when I was little. In fact, when the Smurfs first came on television, there were only boy smurfs."

"Hey Mom! That's not fair. Why was there only one girl?"

I was still working on finding her part, and found myself thinking it was a good opportunity to talk about how even in my lifetime that women's rights had some made strides...even if it was having girl representation in the Smurf community.

"Well, Grace, I don't know why it took some time for them to create a girl Smurf. Isn't it great that the shows you watch have lots of girls in them. Isn't it wonderful that every year that things change for the better?

In fact when my great grandmother was young, women didn't have the right to vote in elections. A group of women called the Suffragettes worked hard to make sure all women had the right to vote. You have some coins with the face of Susan B. Anthony on them. She was a Suffragette. It is cool to be a girl."

"I'm glad it is getting better because that wasn't fair."

"You are right Grace, but there are still people in the United States that aren't treated fairly. Remember how we talked about women who love women and men who love men, which is also called gay?"

"Uh huh. I remember."

"Well they still don't have equal rights in our country. Many would like to have the right to become married to one another. Right now, that isn't legal in all of the United States. I don't think that is fair."

"Me either, Mom. They are just two people who love each other. Are you sure they can't have a wedding?"

"Well, they can have a wedding, but the government doesn't recognize their marriage is real."

"It isn't fair Mom. Those ladies and men just love each other. Love can't be wrong. We're all special, but everyone is different. Jesus loved all of us. I learned that in religion class."

As I heard Grace representing a new generation of forward thinking (in my opinion), my heart swelled with pride, but I knew I had to remind Grace of one more thing.

"Gracie honey. I think it is wonderful that you believe in love, but I need you to remember something."

"What Mom?"

"There are and will be people you meet that don't believe what you do. There are people who think being gay is wrong, and that people who are gay should not be able to be married. You just be proud of what you believe, and don't be sad if others don't feel the same way you do. It takes a long time to help people change how they feel. Remember it took a long time for the Suffragettes to help give women the right to vote. It will take time, but I know in my heart that everyone will have the right to get married eventually. Make sense?"

"Uh huh, Mom. Can we dry my hair now?"

I smiled at her impetuous response.

Sunday, January 10, 2010

My Baby Girl

For the longest time
You bonded immensely
With your Daddy

So much so
That I worried
We wouldn't have a connection

I knew in my heart
That you loved me
But still I hoped

And prayed
That you would
Find a day

Where I would
Be of interest
And worthy of your excitement

Well here it is
My second born
Sweet precious miracle

Can't be without me
Rediscovered Mommy
And clutches me close

Fickleness aside
I've always known
You won't be little for long

You'll grow faster
And faster

Explore more things
Outside the boundaries
Of our home

But you
Will always be
My baby girl

Sweet, mischievous
Gorgeous, precious
Meghan Rose

Saturday, January 09, 2010

Hamster Wheel

Can I buy
A Littlest Pet Shop
With my own money?

Can I? Can I?

Can you drive, Mom?
Can you? Can you?
It's my own money.

Can I? Can I?

As I reply
"Ok. Let's go!"
You don't hear

Can I? Can I?

Of course
I say
And a sparkle hits your eyes

Yahoo! Yahoo!

Let's go! Let's go!
Give me a moment
To fetch my purse

Yay! Yay!

We find the store
And the perfect pink aisle
As you pensively study each item

This one! This one!

It's soooooooo cute
See, it's a baby hamster
Oh yes, I do

Please! Please!

It's your money
I'm glad you like it

Wheeeee! Wheeeee!

Your glee
Warms and powers my heart
Like a hamster on a wheel