Wednesday, November 05, 2008

A letter to my sons

Dear Alex and Nate,

Over the months, I have kept quiet in this journal about my political beliefs. Some of my friends and family may have found this shocking because I am very opinionated. But over the years I've been writing here, I've grown a lot and I've changed in some ways.

One of the most important lessons I've learned since becoming a part of the parenting community is that our differences don't matter much. We Americans all want the same thing for our children - a safe place to live, a healthy environment, and bright opportunities for your future. We may differ on how we choose to get there, but our common beliefs unite us.

To honor this parenting community and our beliefs, I chose not to write much on this election. I value and respect the people who read this and disagree with my political beliefs, and what they bring into my life matters so much more than their political beliefs. However I could not let this day pass without sharing a few thoughts with you, my sons.

You will grow up with parents who expect you to be equal partners with your future spouse (woman or man). You will grow up in a household that teaches gender, race, and financial status do not matter. You will grow up in a household where you cook and clean as much as you mow and take out the garbage. You will grow up believing you... and everyone around you... can be whatever they want be, and can achieve anything they set their minds to do. You will grow up believing the American dream is possible for any American.


Last night, we saw proof this dream is alive. Obviously you will know that our country elected its first African-American President. Equally important to me, our state of North Carolina elected its first female Governor. A woman shall remain Speaker of the House. I have always been proud to be an American but last night was certainly one of the proudest of my life.

Our country has a lot of issues facing it today and I hope we will face them together, united again after this very long election season. No matter your political leaning, I think we can all be proud of McCain and Obama as individuals, leaders, fathers, and role models.

Cheers.


14 comments:

Joanna said...

Very well stated.

Just don't tell Andy about the equal cleaning thing. I really hate to vacuum.

What A Card said...

Very nicely said.

But as an aside, are your kids drinking tomato juice out of wine glasses? That's genius!

Lindsay said...

Ditto on the not caring about the political beliefs of my mommy friends. You rock anyway (I KID!)

Megan said...

Beautiful! Very well stated. One for the blog "baby" book for sure. Love the wine glasses!

JenFen said...

Yes is that tomato juice in a wine glass?

Great post BTW.

Cynthia said...

perfectly put! (and wonderful pictures!)

Julie said...

Cheers to that! Your boys are so lucky to have such an awesome mommy :)

Sadia said...

Bravo

Brooke* said...

You are so right- regardless of our political beliefs it truly is an inspiring day in American politics! Your boys are so lucky to have an 'opinionated' mommy who stands up for what she believes in!

Terri said...

What a beautiful letter!

Cheers!

Zoey's Mommy said...

I think this may be the best blog I've read! And the pictures are just too adorable!

Elizabeth said...

Great letter. Very nicely put. (And super cute pics!!!)

London said...

Great post!

HeatherV said...

I hear the Obama transition team are looking for speech writers, are you up to the task?

Beautiful thoughts on an amazing night.