Today is the Day Without Women. And although I would like to fully participate, the only people that would be truly punished would be my students and my own daughter. You see, as a
woman person I do a lot each and every day that goes unnoticed by most but would have the biggest impact on the smallest.
Who is being taught a lesson if I didn’t come to work? Sure, the school secretary would have to find a sub and my boss may be mad at me. But it would be the students who would miss out on valuable instructional time. If I choose to not do my unpaid work at home, it would be my daughter sitting in a yucky diaper wondering why Mama didn’t make dinner. To me, that tells them that they do not matter and that is not the message I want to send.
These little people matter so much that I CHOOSE them today. I CHOOSE to show up to so they know that they matter. I CHOOSE to smother her with extra love. I CHOOSE to be part of the conversation by having the conversation rather than taking today to disengage with those that may not notice anyway.
I know this may be an unpopular opinion. I know I may get some unflattering feedback. That doesn’t mean that I do not stand with my sisters. It simply means that I choose the most vulnerable among them today and everyday.
Today, along with my colleagues, I wear read to show the world that although it is not a day without this woman, I stand with all women.