08 March 2014

Serendipity: International Women's Day = Mah Bebe's Birthday

A couple of Christmases ago, I asked Mah Bebe what gift I should get a two-year-old godson. Her suggestion - "Get him a Barbie doll, so he'd have a choice."

She was fifteen and she knew she had a choice. And I knew then, as I know now, that in spite of my shortcomings as a parent, I still did something right. Instilling in her that whatever the circumstances are, she always has a choice. And at seventeen, I know that she knows and appreciates that more than ever.

Choice equals empowerment. Because she has a choice, and the options are limitless, she can steer her life towards any direction she chooses. Even if society tells her otherwise. The choice will always be hers.

Happy birthday, Mah Bebe. Happy Women's Day.

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