It was a night about girl empowerment. And starting them young, too. These kids from the Flying Fruit Fly Circus aged 12 to 18 years old doing amazing stunts and bone-breaking acrobatics in a one hour show to demonstrate how a girl can be anything or anybody she wants to be. To prove to the world what they are capable of.
Not that they need to prove themselves for proof’s sake but, you know, as a woman sometimes it does feel like it’s still a man’s world and you gotta still have to earn your worth somehow. How there can be a sense of vulnerability just by being a girl.
As I watched Raven in her gymnastics class that morning, I felt proud of her jumping and tumbling on floor mats, hanging on bars and jumping into foam pits, expanding her body’s physical limits and strengthening her mind in the process as to the potentials of what she can do.
While listening to The Milk Carton Kids on my headset, it occurred to me that 98% of the students there at the time were females. And I felt proud for all those girls out there doing what they liked to do. In the same way, I felt proud for all the parents of those girls who took the time and the effort to send them to gymnastics class knowing how financially challenging these times are. By doing so, they’re giving value to their girls by teaching them lifelong skills that would hopefully make a positive impact not only on the kids themselves, but on society as a whole.
Jeff and I consider ourselves very lucky to be in a position where we can provide that for Raven. Just one of those things in life we are so grateful for, on top of having a wonderful child who means the world to us.
When I met up with Jeff for lunch later that day, I told him how Raven’s gymnastics went, as well as my realization about how it is crucial to empower women. ‘Empower’ sounds like a wrong word to use, though, considering how women already have the power within. Perhaps it’s more about acknowledgment of that power and allowing it to flourish through the things that they do.
Women play a crucial role in society. They’re the ones raising sons and supporting husbands. They are the other half of the equation. They hold so much power they’re not even aware of.
Having said all that, I don’t exactly label myself a feminist. Sure, I am all for women’s rights and all that but you probably won’t find me holding picket signs or grudges against men who open doors for me. I know what I am capable of, but if men want to revive chivalry in these modern times, it would be my pleasure to give them pleasure.
Wait, did that come out right?
So, yeah, I do believe that behind every successful man is a woman. And behind that successful girls show was a man going up and down a metal truss acting as a counterweight.
*Raven at 5 years old