An Ode to Well-Rounded Women

Here’s to all the well-rounded women I know.
You aren’t princesses;
You’re useful, intelligent, strong women.
Women of vim and vigor, full of piss and vinegar and love and nurture.
You garden
You sew
You scrapbook
You change the oil in your cars
and the spark plugs
You cook for your family
You race cars and win trophies
You drink tequila and laugh with your whole body.
Ladies, I love you!
You ride motorcycles
You love to wear high-heeled shoes.
You can out-hike pretty much anyone
but you go slow enough for me to keep up with you.
You go to your kids’ softball games
You study so hard for those math classes because you want to set a good example for those kids.
You wear sparkly earrings
or no earrings at all.
You love jangly bangle bracelets
and interior design.
You ride four-wheelers
and shoot shotguns (in pink camo, of course).
You’re a well-rounded bunch and you don’t fit into whatever boxes
anyone else is trying to cram you into.
You’re complex
and human
and beautiful for the harmony of your contradictions.
You are painters
and I think you all rock.
Here’s to you!

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  1. Mom

     /  April 30, 2012

    Right back at you, dear!


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