Monday, September 27, 2010

The World I Want for My Daughters

I agreed to participate in this Blog Carnival in an effort to support The Joyful Heart Foundation. When I first heard about it, I happily jumped at the chance to help. I was thinking it wouldn't be too difficult. I was wrong. I didn't want to wait to the last minute and throw something together so I started early, kind of writing it in my head, but after thinking about this for almost a week now, I have to say, it's harder than I thought it would be.

I wanted to be more profound than "World Peace" and "The End of Racism" but all I can come up with is this:

The world I want for my girls, is a world that I didn't screw up before handing it over to the next generation.

Every vote that I cast, every purchase I make, every can or box I recycle or forget to recycle is making an impact for the world I will leave behind. The world they will grow up in, raise their children in and grow old in.

I want them to find more acceptance, more open mindedness and love along the way. I want to raise them to be aware of these issues and if in that world they can't find these things, I want them to fight to make a change.

I want a world where women are strong, and where our men aren't giving their lives in useless, drawn out wars.

I want a world where the sick can get better, where abused and neglected children can find love. Where all couples can marry, and have or adopt children regardless of their race, or sexual orientation.

I want a world that will be ready for the strong, independent, caring, loving and accepting children I plan to raise.

About this blog carnival: “The world I want for my children” is an effort to support The Joyful Heart Foundation, which was founded by Law & Order: SVU actress Mariska Hargitay to help victims of sexual assault mend their minds, bodies and spirits and reclaim their lives. Today, the foundation is at the forefront of an effort to end a disheartening backlog of tens of thousands of rape kits in labs across the country, a backlog that contributes to a rapist’s 80 percent chance of getting away with his crime. The backlog and its detrimental effects will be the topic of an SVU episode on September 29th.

Please help us raise awareness for this important work. What kind of world do you want for your children? Write your post and link up here.


countryfriedmama said...

I love this: "a world that I didn't screw up before handing it over to the next generation." Our choices matter. And out words matter, too. Thanks so much for supporting this cause.

Katie said...

How can you talk about having a "better world" for you girls when you have a large ad for a Sex Magazine on the front page of your blog? I'm confused.

I'm a Mom!..? said...

Katie - thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment. I have to say I'm also a little confused by your comment. I'm assuming that you are being serious so to you I would have to say:

1: I fail to see the relevance of the ad on my page and the post about a better world for my children. I never said I wanted a sexless world free of dildos.

2: My blog is not marketed to underage children. It's geared towards moms, who I assume are having sex and attending "brown bag parties" or maybe I'm just hanging out with some crazy freaks.

3: I actually put thought into accepting that ad for my site but in the long run failed to see how a promoting sex to mostly married women with children would have a negative impact on my family.

Victoria Scott said...

I love this entry and couldn't have expressed it better myself. Thank you for sharing. From all of the Moms just like you!