International Women's Day.
Or, as those who are heavily involved in girls club soccer might be inclined to shout,
"It's Girls Kick Butt Day!"
Admittedly, that's not the most delicate of expressions, but if you have two granddaughters who eat, breathe, and sleep soccer, and relish playing against all-boy teams, well, it sounds a little less distasteful.
Although this tablescape was created as a mini celebration for my granddaughters over a year ago, it seems appropriate to give it some "blog time" in honor of International Women's Day.
When I first set this table, my oldest granddaughter's favorite color was pink. Black is still her sister's favorite color. (Yes, that's what I said. Black. Go ahead and roll your eyes. I understand completely.)
Aside from the two Cabbage Patch dolls, a Kick Butt List, pink string lights and a pink doll rain boot filled with a tiny bouquet of impatiens serve as table decorations.
I've never considered turning this blog into a political soapbox, but recent national events have changed that. At least it's changed my attitude for this one particular post, in light of the day's special significance.
It seems as though some people in power want to return women to their formally held positions. I wouldn't say those positions could be called that of Second Class Citizens, but rather, positions of Not Quite First Class Citizens. Just thinking about it forms a little layer of ice around my heart.
I turned 15 in 1962. Standing on the sidelines, wearing a pleated skirt, and shaking a pair of pompons while you cheered for the boys playing on the field, was a coveted position back then. Today, girls of all ages, in almost all walks of life, have moved from the sidelines and become players - serious players. And we have started to see boys cheering them on.
But lately, things have begun to turn around.
I hope we don't lose ground. I hope we continue to move forward.
I hope it for the sake of the two girls who ate at this table. I hope it for my newest, two-month old granddaughter.
I hope it for all the little girls who, much too quickly in the eyes of their grandmothers, move steadily on their way to becoming tomorrow's women.
This year's International Women's Day website theme: "Connecting Girls, Inspiring Futures."
|A Stroll Thru Life|
for Table Top Tuesday
on the Porch
for Tablescape Thursday
Tablecloth: Bed, Bath and Beyond
Placemats: JoAnne Fabrics
Red plates, bowls and mugs: Waechtersbach, Crate and Barrel
Red flatware: Splendente Italian Flatware, NapaStyle
Red star plates: Winterberry, Pfaltzgraff
Heart-rimmed dessert plates: Crate and Barrel
Pink Heart-shaped bowls: Michaels
Cabbage Patch Dolls: Originally belonged to my daughter. Santa brought them to her daughters five years ago.