A Letter to My Girls


This morning we talked about the election results over breakfast. Emily, you asked me why I was glad that Obama had won and we talked about how you vote for the candidate that you think believes in the things that you feel are most important. We talked briefly about how candidates talk about their platforms and how we all try and make an informed decision.

“How old do you have to be to be president, Mom?” I answered you. I saw your eyes light up. “You could be the president, Mom, you are older than 35!”

I love that you said this.

I am watching the news this morning, Em. The 113th Congress will have at least 19 female Senators. How exciting!

Lucy, by the time you are old enough to talk about politics we just might be talking about what our President’s husband was wearing!

Girls, I don’t talk to you about politics a lot. But I want you to know that I am so very glad that you are being raised in a country that values your voice. It is hard to imagine that your voices will get louder, but they will. My girls, you will become women with loud, strong voices that are heard. I am grateful for this.

Someday when you have your own kids you will understand why Hope is huge. I Hope so big for you both. President Obama said in his speech last night “I have always believed that hope is that stubborn thing inside us that insists, despite all the evidence to the contrary, that something better awaits us so long as we have the courage to keep reaching, to keep working, to keep fighting.”

I love that you will grow up to be American women. I hope I can lead you by example. Dream big, girls.

I love you,



6 responses to “A Letter to My Girls

  1. Beautiful! I love that you talked with your girls about it – and you have some wonderful lines in here! (I too love the line about talking about the President’s husband’s clothes! ^.^)

    • Thank you so much for stopping by! I really do think we might be talking about the First Husband’s clothes one day. Although it could very well be the former President’s clothes.)

  2. I liked Obama’s hope line too. I also really like your hope line – I hope so big for you both. So true that we have big hopes for our kids and for the world to be a good place for the to live in. Definitely looking forward to the first woman president soon. Cheers!

  3. “Lucy, by the time you are old enough to talk about politics we just might be talking about what our President’s husband was wearing!” Love this line!

  4. What a great pic!!!! This was a wonderful letter…’see what the Presidents husband is wearing.’ FAVE line ever. I’m with you and hope this isn’t so far off.

  5. Three things: 1, I second Emily. She’s a good talent scout. You would be a great president! 2, Lucy’s little half smile in that picture is hilarious. 3, MatildaType2Herpes returneth!

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