They're Chezch glass. I bought a whole mess of them. And like I told my daughter, I loved them because they reminded me of something I would have treasured when I was a little girl who loved fancy things. And these are fancy. They have rhinestones AND bows AND gold AND they would totally break if you dropped them AND you could so put a love potion in them. And when I bought them I made a secret wish that one day I'd have a little daughter who would see them on my dresser and find them wonderful and fancy too and who would long to play with them.
"And that wish came true!" I told my daughter. "Because of you!"
Her face got very bright and then very shy and then very thoughtful. And after she played with them a little more she said, "Mommy, when I grow up I'll have lots of daughters so that they can have baby daughters and be your granddaughters. Would you like that?"
And I said that I really would. And my ovaries made a happy, squealing, girlish sound like corn popping out of the blow-holes of dolphins.
Then she insisted I dress her and her little sister in matching pink shirts and that I photograph them with the bottles. Okay.
Then I checked my calendar and noticed that Lo, it is International Women's Day! And when I told my daughter she said, "Mommy -- You are a woman and I am a girl so let's celebrate!"
And I said, "I think we maybe already have."
And she said, "But we didn't decorate eggs so that they look like ducks yet."
I would just like to say, I am so freaking happy that I have daughters.
I love their girl bodies. I love that they will become women and maybe mothers.
And that's the way it should be.
It makes me so sad to think that in some parts of the world women dread having baby girls because they know they're just destined for pain and misery.
So. I decided to donate 25 bucks to my favourite charity today which is Plan Canada.
I love their Because I Am a Girl campaign.
I purchased one of their Gifts of Hope. I picked the one where they'll put my money towards supplying women in the developing world with home birthing kits. We're not talking lavender essential oil and Enya CD's. We're talking sterilized instruments, gloves, antiseptic and fresh towels.
Happy International Women's Day!