March 07, 2017
My girl, a junior in high school, has been talking to us about how she can participate in tomorrow's events for International Women's Day. Should I stay home from school? Can I write senators? Should I volunteer at the local Planned Parenthood? Could I take a hike?
...... * screeeech!* .....
"Take a hike"? Yes, this was one of the proposed activities she offered up as an act of resistance for tomorrow. I'm not sure what the impetus is around this hike, for she surely refuses my many invitations to take a hike on any other day.
I support our girl taking a stand, using her voice, engaging in acts of resistance. To be sure, I was brought to tears when texted me, two days post-election 2016, when she and her peers walked out of their school, joining many other high schoolers around protesting. Our words to her on that day: use your voice, follow the instructions, please don't destroy property. Also: "we are proud of you."
Sometimes I wonder: are these teenagers rising up to make a statment or are they joining forces to hang out for the day? Does that matter? Should it matter? Should we audit the activities of the day, if they are staying home from school tomorrow, and expect only to see acts of resistance? Should we stand by and also watch them hang out, goof off on snapchat, or take a hike?
So: are your teens thinking of participating tomorrow? In what way?