You can tell a girl she’s smart her whole life, encourage her in school, buy her a chemistry set, send her to math camp, help her apply for college scholarships in STEM fields, and she’s still eventually going to walk into a classroom, a lab, or a job interview and have some man dismiss her existence, deny her funding, pass her over for a promotion, or take credit for her work. How about you work on getting those assholes out of power and quit telling me not to call girls pretty.
(via messily)Source: kelsium
This might be the most important essay on motherhood I have read since becoming a mother. This shit is hard. Let’s stop making it harder on each other. Love and truth ladies! Show me your shit-stained shirts, your blank-walled nurseries, your sugar-besotted babies yearning to be free of kale!
Lentil Liddell is one year old today!
Here are some of her favorite things:
- Family walks in the garden
- Riding in her taxi
- Splash parks
- Playing with buckles
- Sitting in her high chair
- Reading books
- Making messes and “cleaning” them up
- Singing songs
I can’t believe this kiddo came out of me one year ago. I’m all sorts of emotional about today. But mostly happy. She’s a joy, this baby of mine.Source: lentilliddell
"I’ve been a deep believer my whole life. 18 years as a Southern Baptist. More than 40 years as a mainline Protestant. I’m an ordained pastor. But it’s just stopped making sense to me. You see people doing terrible things in the name of religion, and you think: ‘Those people believe just as strongly as I do. They’re just as convinced as I am.’ And it just doesn’t make sense anymore. It doesn’t make sense to believe in a God that dabbles in people’s lives. If a plane crashes, and one person survives, everyone thanks God. They say: ‘God had a purpose for that person. God saved her for a reason!’ Do we not realize how cruel that is? Do we not realize how cruel it is to say that if God had a purpose for that person, he also had a purpose in killing everyone else on that plane? And a purpose in starving millions of children? A purpose in slavery and genocide? For every time you say that there’s a purpose behind one person’s success, you invalidate billions of people. You say there is a purpose to their suffering. And that’s just cruel."