I am not sure why the distinction of celebrating women makes me stand a little taller, but truth be told, today it does. I remember growing up thinking that my voice sounded like a boys voice and wanted it to sound like a girls voice. Not sure what I was thinking, I was 6 years old! Already then I appreciated being a girl. The fancy dresses and the times when my Mom would curl my hair and make me feel a little more feminine, I loved it! Don’t get me wrong, my nails were not clean all the time. Already in my young years I would play in the dirt and make the best mud pies this side of the border. Full of shiny rocks and of course dried just right so you could cut them, sort of.
As I grew up, I realized that I like to wear dresses, have curls, make up and oh, don’t forget the perfume. I would watch my big sister get all dolled up for a date and would long to be just like her, she was gorgeous! When she would leave I would sneak into her closet and wear some of her clothes (she is 6 years older than me so they didn’t fit!) but I wore them anyway. It always made me feel grown up and like a woman.
My Mom used to sing at the top of her lungs and would fill our house with sound of praises to God and romantic songs from the love story musicals from the 40’s. I would stand and hug her while she sang so I could hear her voice in my ear. Then I would go down to the basement and put the records in and try and sing just like her. I would hug my dolls just right so they could hear my voice in their ears.
Through the years I have had many roll models to follow. Many strong, brave women who faced some of life’s toughest challenges and stood strong with much wisdom to share. I watched them weather the joys and difficulties in life and they would always amaze me in their faith and strength and again, I wanted to be just like them.
Today, I am not in my youth, teens, young adult, midlife world any more, hey, I get seniors discount though. I have grown to be the woman that I am through the joys, trials, frustrations, happiness and faith walk that is my very own. I don’t know if I have inspired anyone along the way like many did for me, I hope so. The one thing I am sure of is that the bible and the world is full of women who have been a lamp light in my life as a woman. I celebrate each one today and I am giving myself the permission to celebrate the person that God has molded me to be. His hand in my life has given me strength in times of darkness, has given me wisdom when I couldn’t understand and has given me the assurance of hope that as I go forward in this life that I have Him as my guide.
Thank you Mom, my daughter, my granddaughters, my sister, my nieces, my sister in laws, my mother in law, my friends for helping me in life to appreciate being a woman. I carry the titles of Wife, Mom, Grammy with pride and today celebrate you and all you have shared and given to me. Know you are loved, celebrate you too today, you are worth it!.
Hugs n Prayers