And I know life more fully because of you whom I live on through. 

Sent on by
Anonymous
Send Your Own Message

For my most dear and only daughter,

The thought came to me recently – as we were talking about the intersection of slavery and sexism and whether Thomas Jefferson should be labelled a rapist (we really do tackle the big topics on our morning walks to school !) – that you are my future. That I was born simply so that you could be born. I see you as your own young woman in your early teen years. Entirely you, but also me.  And as we wished each other a good day I wondered if all parents might not also feel similarly. We live on in the world. It matters very much how we live now. What we love, whom we impact and whether we laugh. And so today we judge a man a rapist slaveholder who was once considered a man honorable enough to be president. Our standards are changing as we awaken to broader ethical impact. No doubt you will judge inaction on climate change in much the same way we wonder about slaveholders. You will look back at the gentility of our horrible actions too, addicted as we are to fossil fuel living. Holding the Earth as a slave to be raped while obliviously considering ourselves honorable. Just like Thomas Jefferson. But your generation of young women is awake to deeper truths. And living from that truth will bring about change. As once we ended slavery, we will end the ugly way we pillage Mother Earth. Not through civil war but through gentle righteousness. I so admire your gentle passion for truth. And I am grateful to have been your mom. For life itself is the greatest blessing we have.  And I know life more fully because of you whom I live on through.

Share on:
 
Send Your Own Message

More Messages to the Future

 

To my dear son Zac,

I promise to raise you as a loving-nature human.

 

Dear My Future Child,

I want to sculpt a world for you where you can play outside without gas masks, an ocean to swim in without toxins, and a thick lively forest for you to wander.

 

Dear Tomorrow,

I feel optimistic for you, tomorrow. I can feel a shift happening already.

 

To the Future Generations,

I look at my baby niece today. The newest member of our family, just 3 days old. What will be left for her and her grandchildren?

 

Dear Lucy,

The clock ticks, time passes, and the earth and all of its inhabitants move closer to dangerous boundaries we can dimly discern but cannot see clearly.

 

Dear Future Kids Like Me,

What I hope for future kids like me is that they continue to ride the groundswell of climate change support all the way into action.

 

To my beloved granddaughters, Margaret and Caroline,

Growing up in Germany, I often wondered what my parents had done to oppose the Nazi regime in the 1930’s that led to WWII.  I was so disappointed when I found out how passive they had been. For me, this was formative.

 

To what we’ve overcome.

The first step would be in overcoming ourselves. Because whether we end up fading into obscurity, or thriving in prosperity, we will overcome ourselves.

 

I promise to help people! Become more aware!

 

Dear Tomorrow,

I promise to stop using a plastic straw.

 

dear tomorrow,

I hope that the state of the environment becomes a part of everyday discourse.

 

I love you Earth.

View All Messages

Send Your Own Message