September 2017

Flowers for Anna

 

Welcome small baby,
The house is a mess,
Unfinished, imperfect -
We’ve done you the best.

We’ve planted new flowers
As treats for your eyes,
They’ll grow strong and brilliant
Like you, our sweet child,

They’ll brave face the sunshine,
Dance on the wind,
And someday they’ll leave us
For some lovely whim.

But after the seasons,
All on their own,
They’ll come back to greet us,
And bless our small home,

They’ll spring up the driveway,
We’ll fling out our arms…

Yes welcome, small baby,
Spring time of
                             our hearts.

 

© Linda Wyrill

“A gender-equal society would be one where the word ‘gender’ does not exist: where everyone can be themselves.”*

I’ve always been aware of gender conditioning and actively tried to combat any lingering prejudices or stereotypes in my own parenting, even down to encouraging dolls with my boys when they were little. It’s great to read people writing about gender issues they’re experiencing with their kids. For too long these subjects have been discouraged or silenced. I’d love to publish some more creative writing on this topic, especially if you are struggling with a child who actively tries to move away from gender normative preferences. A society where everyone can be themselves thanks Gloria for those aspirational words.

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* Gloria Steinem