My father said that I do not even know from which end to hold a ladle, hinting to my cooking skills (or rather their absence, in his view).
My grandmother never said anything. She always looked at me with eyes full of admiration and faith.
Today is 8 March and a part of humanity suddenly remembers to promote, cherish, congratulate women. As if they say “I see you”. Does it make a difference? Perhaps. For flower shops in some countries it certainly does.
“I see you” everyday, day after day, is different. It requires effort and commitment.
“I see you, my talented, brave and beautiful daughter”
“I see you, mother of six, battling for your and your kids safety and sanity”
“I see you, orphan girl, struggling to find yourself into this new world”
“I see you, policewoman, holding the hand of a troubled street kid”
“I see you, single mother, fearing for your and your kid’s future”
“I see you, cleaning lady, pushing the cart on our office floor”
“I see you, human being”
This day is to me the day of those who see and help women, girls and boys, who would otherwise remain unseen on this day, or any other day.
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