I'd like to present, Christina. Her strength is inspiring and hope you enjoy my tribute to all Moms this Mothers Day.
My children have played a huge part in shaping my perspective on what strength is and how I want to express it. Often times strength isn't glamorous or even obvious. It is simply lived out in the routine and the choices of day to day life. Everything I do now, whether intentional or not, shapes them into the men they will become. Their perspective on women when they are grown men and the way they will value women will largely be through what I choose to exemplify or not exemplify.
I feel we live in a society where femininity is regarded as a weakness or as something inferior; where in order to be successful women must choose not to have children. Or once after having children, women have to extol the virtues of masculine strength and its specific roll in society instead of embracing the emotional, mental, and physical characteristics that are unique to women; the characteristics that are more than capable of empowering us and giving us a sense of achievement in our own lives, homes, and communities. This is why I want them to see by daily example that femininity is not a weakness, motherhood is not a weakness, it is not something to cover up and be ashamed of.
I want them to be raised with the understanding that they do not take away from my self identity, potential, or success. If anything, I want them to know that they've enhanced those things. As a strong woman I am capable of loving them and sacrificing for them, and also loving and knowing myself without having to hide from or pretend to be different than who I am for anyone or anything.