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Vinyl and Velcro
As a child of the ’80s, my parents raised my sister and me on ’70s vinyl classics like Free to Be You and Me. On this album, Marlo Thomas and Mel Brooks sang about boys who liked dolls, newborn babies trying to figure out their respective sexes, and a princess who wanted a friend instead of Prince Charming.
These early lessons shaped my beliefs that strict girl and boy boxes limit children’s potential. After all, boxes are usually small and hard to get out of. If William wants a doll, let him have it! And if the young princess just wants to play kickball with the nice boy down the street, then let her! Wait, on second thought…does there have to be a princess at all? Can’t a gal just pet the horses in overalls and velcro sneaks?
In law school I met my husband Andy, a diehard Boston sports fan, trivia buff, and lover of all things pop culture. In 2007, we tied the knot at my alma mater. Our celebration overlooked the Boston city skyline and the Charles River. We are both “home bodies” who love Lost, chatting politics, a good stew, and the occasional rock concert. We are partners in life, not in law, because… well, because we want to stay married.
After spending several years as a lawyer, I now work for a nonprofit organization that strives to improve opportunities for women and girls. I love my work because it’s personally fulfilling and my co-workers are supportive and dedicated to social justice.
When I’m not working, I like to experiment in the kitchen and whip up plant-based meals (especially with avocado and dark chocolate, in no particular order). I get on the yoga mat when the
kid isn’t crying mood strikes and love to spend time with my close-knit family. My brother-in-law calls me “Crafty” but my scrapbooking and spray-painting muscles are currently a bit weak. As are most of my muscles at the moment. (Gotta get back on the yoga mat!) Of course, I can’t leave out the most important fact about me. I probably know more about Gilmore Girls than anyone you know! Just try me…
In the fall of 2015, we welcomed this little nugget into our lives.
“V” is curious, affectionate, and loves meeting new people. I love to watch her explore her world and learn new things every day. Her hobbies are to touch everything within reach, read books, and blow kisses to family and friends. Even to the occasional stranger.
It pains me to think that one day a kid at school will tell her that she is playing with the “wrong” toy. Or that certain activities “aren’t for girls.” I want her to have all doors open to her inquisitive mind.
Thanks for joining me in my journey to raise a little girl in a cotton candy, pink princess world.
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