Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Brave Seeds

It's United Nations Day. 
Flags would be nice.
Meals from around the world.  
Folk dancing. 
Music.
We didn't get that far. 
We spun the globe and colored pictures of continents. 
 
Every tree starts with a seed, right?

My grandmother Elsie was a great oak of political consciousness. 
She lived and breathed for the United Nations,
for women, for equal rights, 
for the poor, for education.
Her legacy stands true and straight before me,
waving its branches:
       Be brave! Help others! Stand up for what's right!
 
Women couldn't vote when my grandmother was little.
Which amazes me.
It's such a simple and essential thing
to have a voice, to be counted!

I'm grateful for the 
whole forests of women and men before me
who fought
for me and my girls,
for our rights, for our vote,
for changes that have made this world better.
And here we are!
Voting day is around the corner.
Regardless of how it all turns out,
it's a beautiful gift 
to have a voice that counts.

Some books that we love:

Grace for President - Kelly di Pucchio, illustrated by LeUyen Pham, 
Ruby Mae Has Something to Say - David Small, 
Imogene's Last Stand - Candace Fleming, illustrated by Nancy Carpenter
How to Make and Apple Pie and see the world - Marjorie Priceman
...and here's a great game for future world changers:
"I Never Forget a Face" matching game, illustrated by Lizzy Rockwell


11 comments:

Tricia J. O'Brien said...

What a beautiful post, full of joy and strength. It amazes me to realize there are still women alive today who were born before the 19th amendment was ratified.
I have so much gratitude for the women who marched, even going to jail, to win us the right to have a say in how our world is run.
Thank you, Faith, for this lovely reminder.

Jan Morrison said...

Lovely strong post! Thank you for the reminders. Won't be voting as I am not an amurican but just voted in our municipal race.
I have a question for you - do you have any series for girls turning 11 that you might recommend. My granddaughter's birthday is around the corner and she wants books (which is what I usually give her) and I want to wow her. She's a very good reader. I gave her the first two books of The Penderwicks series and will give her the third one but just thought you are SO SMART about kids' books that I'd ask you.

Dawn Simon said...

Lovely! Your words always touch me.

It's amazing that women couldn't vote in our country's not-too-distant past. I feel grateful as well.

Faith Pray said...

I'm with you, Tricia - so many amazing women before us!

Faith Pray said...

Thank you, Dawn. It's always a delight to see you, even in bloggy world!

Faith Pray said...

Jan, I am so glad you asked me this question. It's been like my birthday all day long, stewing over which books I might recommend to your young lady! I love the Penderwicks series. Great choice. I love everything I've read by Karen Cushman - historical novels about strong girls: "Alchemy and Meggy Swann," "Matilda Bone," "Rodzhina," "The Midwife's Apprentice". Two beautiful novels about girls in pioneer times: Kirby Larson's "Hattie Big Sky" and "May B" by Caroline Starr Rose. Playful fantasy with strong girl heroines: Gail Carson Levine's "A Tale of Two Castles," ""Fairest," "The Two Princesses of Bamarre." Patricia Wrede's "Dealing with Dragons" and its successors (Enchanted Forest Chronicles). "The Mysterious Benedict Society" by Trenton Lee Stewart. "The Magic Half" by Annie Barrows (I love this one - half current day, half magic). "Savvy" by Ingrid Law (I loved this one, too!) There are so many more, but I will restrain myself with these favorites....for now.

Barb Davis-Pyles said...

So beautifully said, Faith! And thanks for the book recommendations -- I'm lucky enough to have a daughter named Grace, and I would LOVE to see her as president one day! ;)

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a dash from donna lyn said...

will look for those books! they look like fun! thanks for the recommendation and your wonderful blog post! love you!

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