If I should have a daughter . . .

Sarah Kay’s beautiful words and expression inspire me over and over again. I love listening to this speech she gave at a TED conference last spring.

My favorite quotes from her speech:

“She’s gonna learn that this life will hit you hard in the face, wait for you to get back up just so it can kick you in the stomach. But getting the wind knocked out of you is the only way to remind your lungs how much they like the taste of air. There is hurt, here, that cannot be fixed by band-aids or poetry, so the first time she realizes that Wonder-woman isn’t coming, I’ll make sure she knows she doesn’t have to wear the cape all by herself. Because no matter how wide you stretch your fingers, your hands will always be too small to catch all the pain you want to heal. Believe me, I’ve tried.”

“. . . When you step out of the phone booth and try to fly and the very people you want to save are the ones standing on your cape, when your boots fill up with rain and you’ll be up to your knees in disappointment. And those are the days you have all the more reason to say ‘Thank you.'”

“Baby,” I’ll tell her “remember your mama is a worrier and your papa is a warrior and you are the girl with small hands and big eyes who never stops asking for more.”

“. . . don’t you ever apologize for the way your eyes refuse to stop shining. Your voice is small, but don’t ever stop singing.”

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