You can't do that, you're a girl!
I often think of the things I am thankful for, ... daily, in fact. I am thankful for my family. In particular, I am thankful for my paternal grandfather. He taught me that my opportunities were limitless, that I could be, do, anything I wanted.
The first time I came up against "You can't do that because you're a girl.", I was 16. It was quite a shock. I thought, "Oh, no, I'm a girl - is there a cure? Why didn't someone tell me? Is it terminal?".
I already had unshakeable confidence, it's my grandfather's fault. I was not about to let a little thing like being a girl, hold me back from doing what I wanted.
I fell in love and married a man who reinforced what my grandfather taught me. With my late, ex-husband, I grew into "I am woman, hear me roar." Again, I am thankful.
Now, I am a grandmother. I hope that someday, my granddaughter looks back at her time with me, and is thankful that I am part of her family. I hope that she is thankful for something she learns from me or for some way that I support her.
Oh, by the way, I AM a girl and I CAN do that!
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