A Mother's Thought
The time had come to start her journey. I leaned out the window, waving as long as I could while she disappeared into the distance. Releasing my precious daughter to conquer the world. A world dominated by materialism, patriarchy, egoism and survival of the fittest. A world that I wouldn't even wish for my worst enemy to live in. A world that you would now discover all by yourself.
Of course I couldn't keep you here with me for the rest of your life, that would have been very selfish. I have to admit this thought has crossed my mind more than once, but no, you have to find your own way, I know that.
Don't get me wrong, I don't consider you to be fragile or weak, no, not at all. I knew the way I raised you made you become an independent and strong woman.
You have always been my little sunshine, brightening my day with your offbeat idea and your brisk imagination. I could have spent hours just watching you while you got caught up in one of your "projects", as you used to call them. Bitting your lips as you were focused, twisting your wild hair between your fingers if you got nervous, being lost in your own worlds. You are the most extraordinary girl I have ever seen and I am not just saying this because you are my daughter ... or maybe I do. But what can I say, I am proud of my little girl who has become such an amazing young woman.
You have never cared about what others said or thought about you. You would have always stood up for your view on the world. And oh dear, you have a view, a vision ... Many have called you idealistic or naive, but you just want to make this world a better place. A place full of love, spirituality, empathy and equality. You are sick of all these stereotypes and prejudices, and who could blame you for that? I have never heard anyone standing up for their opinion as passionately as you do. Not even I would dare to do that.
Maybe this bravery is what concerns me so much. I know you won't back down if someone tries to surpress you. But what if they will take it as a challenge to break you? What if a strong and confident woman is too much for them to swallow? What if they will destroy your confidence?
It hurts me to think about what might happen to you, to the greatest teasure I have. Of course you have told me not to worry, that you were old enough to look after yourself. But you know, a mother's heart is always concerned.
Nevertheless, I guess only time can tell what will happen. Just be sure that no matter what, I will always be here for you as a counselor, a listener, a shoulder to cry on, as your mother.
I hope you will achieve everything that you are striving for and so much more.
Farewell my precious pearl.
Farewell on your journey into a world unknown, full of challenges and stumbling blocks, full of chances and opportunities.
Farewell my dear daughter.
I love you.