For My Daughter
“Never grow a wishbone, daughter, where your backbone ought to be.” –Clementine Paddleford
Never play the princess when you can
be the queen:
rule the kingdom, swing a scepter,
wear a crown of gold.
Don’t dance in glass slippers,
crystal carving up your toes—
be a barefoot Amazon instead,
for those shoes will surely shatter on your feet.
Never wear only pink
when you can strut in crimson red,
sweat in heather grey, and
shimmer in sky blue,
claim the golden sun upon your hair.
Colors are for everyone,
boys and girls, men and women—
be a verdant garden, the landscape of Versailles,
not a pale primrose blindly pushed aside.
Chase green dragons and one-eyed zombies,
fierce and fiery toothy monsters,
not merely lazy butterflies,
sweet and slow on summer days.
For you can tame the most brutish beasts
with your wily wits and charm,
and lizard scales feel just as smooth
as gossamer insect wings.
Tramp muddy through the house in
a purple tutu and cowboy boots.
Have a tea party in your overalls.
Build a fort of birch branches,
a zoo of Legos, a rocketship of
Queen Anne chairs and coverlets,
first stop on the moon.
Dream of dinosaurs and baby dolls,
bold brontosaurus and bookish Belle,
not Barbie on the runway or
Disney damsels in distress—
you are much too strong to play
the simpering waif.
Don a baseball cap, dance with Daddy,
paint your toenails, climb a cottonwood.
Learn to speak with both your mind and heart.
For the ground beneath will hold you, dear—
know that you are free.
And never grow a wishbone, daughter,
where your backbone ought to be.
P.S. Your mama still lets you play with Barbies & Disney Princesses—but only cause you sweet things never act like the silly damsel in distress.
Did you know that there is only one thing to write about that we do fun with dad? So we PILLOW FIGHT! I love Daddy, he plays pillow fight that is what I was writing about.
I love my Mom very much and did you know that we purrrr like a cat with my mom? Its so my favorite, I love my Mom. What else should I write about?
Me with Lydia we play dress up. Sometimes we play without dress up. And sometimes I pretend I am the baby in the game. Did you know that me and Lydia play? And I love Lydia, she is my friend.
So we maked paper things for Grandma with paper stuff and I asked Grandma to tie my balloon onto a leashie thing. Lydia visited and we played with this thing that was colorful, we mixed it all together and then we played with it. Did you know it was crispy stuff? It looks just like crispie but it was mixed together by us. Did you know I made Honey out of that krispie thing?
Did you know that we got at this bird farm? With Lydia? And then we saw so many kinds of birds and we feeded the birds too. Well we went on a walk and we goed we getted to see Grandma’s favorite flowers.
I got a Doodlebear no not the cat! I got a makeup kit and a scissors and stuff like I could do it with invitations with people that help me. And thats all but I have to tell you something else I love Christmas, Christmas you can leave him stuff like meatballs is going to be good or…gumballs to do for Santa. And he really loved the gumballs and he’s so bright no night bright and he ho ho hos and he has a sleigh and thats all about Christmas.
Now I want to talk about Easter! The Easter bunny ate his carrots.
I really love Costa Rica because I swimmed at it and I really like to swim in the pool. I love my family and that house was so beautiful and I love the house really very much. And always I love my eyes cause they change color and everything there is so beautiful and I love the kitchen, the dryer is in the kitchen. And even you can put the trash in the bathroom and it’s so fun there! Thats all of it.
The thing I like is swimming in the pool and the pool is so beautiful BUT I even love my roof and the iguanas scare us! And Dad protects me of them and I love it so much there and it doens’t have toys! Even we only bringed toys like my explorer and video games for it. Thats is.
The crocodolies are nice and one was named Shakira, I loved them so much. I love the name Shakira and we float on the boat to see it and even they feeded the crocodile, thats it.
The beach has bugs going out of it and we watch out for them. And I’m in my turtle floatie cause I can’t swim and I will float under the sea. But my Mom catched me and I hung on the baby’s diaper. It was so fun in the pool, it was so good and even we didn’t have any pets there. So thats it!
At this beach that had SMALL waves, I really love it and we get to go in there and swim and swim and always so fun with mom and dad. they protect me! And I even was crashing in the water and I climbed out when I was crawling and even got it on my dress. And the sand you can dig in it and see the rocky things and there are seashells going and there is ships in there you get to float your ships in there. And thats all about the beach.
The monkeys were so good and we even saw birds, two of them. Not together only one day I saw one then when we walked I saw a black one. The first one was a blue one and the monkeys were so beautiful I love them very much. And all of the pretty things are so beautiful and that’s it about the jungle.
The airplane was so good and those airplanes I could even…you can know on that map…you can see the things you could do on the airplane. You can swim in the water and then there is a suit you can put your hands in and the rescue people come and the plane one of the planes is really good at flying cause it’s the really good one.
I liked everything at Costa Rica.
I liked the floor in our house cause it’s very good and the living room and the TV and I liked the chairs cause they are black and one of them has the seaweed and it’s just a grown up one. And theres a pool. I like the pool. Thats it.