This post is one of a series of posts from the Irish Parenting Bloggers to welcome two baby girls to two of our Irish Blogger Mama’s, a virtual baby shower if you will. For me, also, its a wish for a new baby girl due to arrive into the world late next week and all of our little girls.
Welcome to the world baby girls. There will be over 30,000 of you born in Ireland in 2013. Each and every one of you special and unique. Here are my wishes for you………
Laugh a lot.
Don’t ever be dependent on somebody else to make you happy and know that you are not responsible for other peoples happiness.
Surround yourself with true friends.
My biggest wish for you though is that you can have it all.
Ireland has experienced a period of rapid social change over the last thirty years. Your great great grandmothers helped bring about Ireland’s independence, they fought for your right to vote too. Your great grandmothers and grandmothers fought for your right to education and equal employment and contraception amongst other things and your mothers are reaping the rewards but do you know what baby girls, in 2013, we are still not quite there. For you, my wish, is that we will get there, you will get there.
I wish for you to have an education outside of the remit of the Catholic Church. Regardless of your religion, I hope the church and schools finally separate.
I wish that the division of Church and State also accelerates and we see the catholic church’s influence removed from hospitals . Writing and thinking about you, baby girls,made me think about another baby girl who should have arrived into this world this spring. Your Mama’s, history books or internet searches may tell you about Savita Halappanavar , my wish is that her death will not be in vain and it will spark legislation to allow you, full body autonomy.
I wish that the Irish legal system always truly values and protects you.
Just this week The Constitutional Convention has voted in favour of an amendment to the clause within the Irish constitution which places special emphasis on the place of women in the home. Yes just this week in 2013. Some changes take a while but they come and we will keep pushing that they do so when you grow up you can be truly valued wherever you want to be ,be that in the home, in the courtroom, in a maternity hospital, in your place of study and in your place of work.
Shards still remain in the glass ceiling in 2013. If the last census report is taken as an example, your father still earns more than your mother. We’ll try hard to get rid of those shards for you , you can and should and will earn just as much as a man in the same position as you.
So big wishes for you baby girls, I hope they are realities, you deserve them to be. Welcome to the world.Be fierce, be kind, be happy, be everything you want to be.
And, finally, always follow the advice of Dr Seuss………..
Oh The Places You’ll Go – Dr Seuss
Today is your day.
You’re off to Great Places!
You’re off and away!
You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes.
You can steer yourself any direction you choose.
You’re on your own. And you know what you know.
And YOU are the guy who’ll decide where to go.
You’ll look up and down streets. Look ’em over with care.
About some you will say, “I don’t choose to go there.”
With your head full of brains and your shoes full of feet,
You’re too smart to go down a not-so-good street.
You won’t lag behind, because you’ll have the speed.
You’ll pass the whole gang and you’ll soon take the lead.
Wherever you fly, you’ll be best of the best.
Wherever you go, you will top all the rest.
You’ll get mixed up, of course, as you already know.
You’ll get mixed up with many strange birds as you go.
So be sure when you step, step with care and great tact
And remember that Life’s a Great Balancing Act.
Just never forget to be dexterous and deft.
And never mix up your right foot with your left.
And will you succeed?
Yes! You will, indeed!
(98 and ¾ percent guaranteed.)
Kid, you’ll move mountains!
So…be your name Buxbaum or Bixby or Bray
Or Mordecai Ali Van Allen O’Shea,
You’re off to Great Places!
Today is your day!
Your mountain is waiting.
So…get on your way!
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