We Are Still Rising

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I wrote this in 2017 prior to the Women’s March on Washington and my son, Danny, was one of several people to share it.   I still feel strongly that we have the opportunity to bring about great change in this country. Not only as women but as mothers raising young men. Make a difference in their lives so that they always know that God is working as each one of us, regardless of gender, to be peace on this planet.  I am reposting Danny’s comments as I am proud of the man he is becoming.

My amazing mother’s inspiring words for all the women and men marching on Washington and their state capitols this weekend, relaying the strength of my equally amazing grandmother. So blessed to have had such incredible women as guides and teachers, even if I didn’t have the chance to know my grandmother personally. As a man, I hope I’ll someday be as strong as these women who gave me life:

I have told the story of my Mom often lately. The story of her birth, of her physical differences – the fact that she was born without feet. The story of her childhood and of her moral character in the face of adversity. I have told of her determination and her courage, her laughter and her love. I have told her story so that I can say this:

I see Florence “Betty” Williams in every woman that is Walking to Washington. Whether you stand on the ground of the National Mall, in front of your state capitol, or your front yard, whether you have knit a hat, made a poster, helped to organize or said a prayer, I see her in you.

You love first with your arms outstretched. You grab hold and you don’t let go. You fight from a place of knowing that unless you speak out you will be shut down. And shutting down is never an option. You work and you work hard. Quietly behind the scenes or at the front of the line, you speak with intelligence but, always, always from a place of love.

We are women of great fortitude. Our message is universal. As we continue to feed each other through our commitment to love first, we teach each other to stand.

Stand on your own two feet because those two feet stand for all of us. Wherever you walk this Saturday, this is the lesson given to you, through me, from my Mother. I stand with you and I am grateful – and I know she is, too.

Take care of each other.

“We stand together in solidarity with our partners and children for the protection of our rights, our safety, our health, and our families – recognizing that our vibrant and diverse communities are the strength of our country.” Women’s March on Washington 2017

From my heart to yours, Diane

photo courtesy of HuffPost

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