Sunday, June 15, 2014

The one thing I can't do

I grew up in a feminist leaning environment.  It's a whole other post, but let's just say that my mother was in the military and my father can iron, clean and do a pony-tail (or a special crimped style) on anyone!

I think our motto growing up was "Girls can do anything boys can do, usually better, and can do several things boys can't do too."

And I'll maintain that this is true.  I can do, pretty much, whatever any man in my life can do.  Granted, there are several things I choose not to do (like mowing grass) but that doesn't mean that I can't do them.  And then there are the things I can do that men can't (like gestate, and lactate).

But as I've gotten older I've learned, as we all do, that there really are some things we can't do.  The number one thing on my list that I can't do stems, in whole, from the fact that I'm female.  I simply cannot be a father.  No matter how hard I could try, wrestling on the floor, throwing baseball, giving the stern "don't mess with me" look, it still would never be the same. 

Men and women are not created equally.  Sure, stick us on the scale of life and we will balance. But balance does not mean equal, or remotely the same.  We are all unique, suited for certain things.  And since I'm not created to be a father, I'm grateful that I have a wonderful man in my life who was created for just that.

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