September 2017

Those laughing eyes

Like a calico cat you grew
up proud and beautiful.

We remember you pointing
a little finger at the yellow
flower patch by your
play cabin, bobbing high
on the rope swing

then scooting with a handful
of daisies, even stepping
around prickly thistles
past daddy’s hammock
and running like
a windy gust across pieces
of wood for a sidewalk.

Our backyard trees still
surround walls once
made of blankets, momma’s old
cushion and faded table
remain, also a slab of panel
cut for a roof.

Come visit soon and be our
little girl once again.

 

© Richard & Esther Provencher

“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