You’re only 20 days old today; so you’ll understand this a few years later; but no one can fault me for starting early.
We humans have a funny way of showing how we care. Sometimes we set aside days to honour people-mother’s, father’s days; sometimes we wait for occasions to express love- birthdays, anniversaries, valentines and tragically, funerals.
Today is a day set aside for women. All over the world, there are cards and roses and chocolates doing the rounds. However, at the same time there are women being ill-treated, shamed, raped and killed.
“But what can I do about it mum?” I see you asking me soon. So here’s a list I have ready for you.
Whether the woman you are dealing with is me, your mother, a friend, a colleague, a new love or a total stranger; first and foremost, respect her.
That also means respecting what she says. Even a no. She has her reasons and she doesn’t always owe you an explanation.
In most instances you will be physically stronger than her (unless in those special circumstances when she is better fit and decides to beat your ass 😉 ). Use your strength to make her life easier. If need arises, protect her.
In a world with ever decreasing charm, be chivalrous. Hold open a door for her, cook her breakfast and bring her flowers. PS- this is something your grandfather unfailingly did for his wife and daughter every 8th of March, every birthday and every anniversary.
Most of all, love her for who she is. Not who the world says she should be. Not for who you think she should be. She is a woman and has dreams, crazy emotions and a tremendous spirit. You won’t always understand her. In fact, she will often drive you nuts. Love her nonetheless.
Cherish her and know you are privileged if she chooses to share her heart with you.
Go out into the world and celebrate her son!
Then finally, we can have women’s day everyday and not just today!