Raised by Dominican parents, the significance of today was never really commemorated in our household. The only real understanding of this holiday I received as a child, was from what I was taught from school. Over the years, from childhood to adulthood, I have come to realize the importance and true virtue of this holiday.
This is the first fourth of July, I get to spend with my daughter. As her mother, I feel it is my responsibility to teach her the significance of this holiday and what it means to be an American Hispanic woman in this country. I want her to value and take advantage of the many opportunities she has been given with being born a U.S. citizen. I want her to never take for granted the values that come with being an American and to also know how to impose them into her everyday life in a noble manner.
When I came across this quote, I immediately thought about my tribe of superwomen (all you fellow mothers and soon-to-be mothers). We are the fourth of july. We are independence day!
Women everywhere embody the meaning of independence, freedom, liberty, love of humanity, compassion, unity and power. We bring life into this world, we nurture it, and help it grow. We are the glue to our families and the support to our loved ones.
This fourth of July, I vow to take time each year to inculcate in my daughter all those values of being an American woman and the right way to put them to use in our world today. This way she can become an exemplar citizen, latina, and woman in this nation...
...Sew This is Life!