Today was “Take Your Child To Work Day” (also called “Take Our Daughters and Sons To Work Day“) at the law firm where I work, and at many companies across the USA. This unusual day– not really a holiday, but a movement of some sort– was created as “Take Your Daughter To Work Day” some years ago and has become a yearly event for families across America.
I always thought the idea of taking a kid out of school so they could learn about what their parent or parents do at work all day was kind of odd. After all, the child could easily learn these things just by TALKING to their parents… but I guess they needed a little extra coaching.
In fact, there was a bit of an uprising among educators to “Take your kids to school– not to work.” But I doubt that many heeded this warning.
In any case, it’s always interesting to see the kids that come to “work” with mom or dad on this day.
Today, however, one case stuck out in particular for me.
On my floor, there works a woman who recently became a partner at our firm. She, along with many of the attorneys on our floor, is very nice and a pleasure to talk to.
And she’s a lesbian, in a committed relationship with two children.
Her daughter came to work today to be with her mom. I watched the parent as she talked to the child. She was as loving and as nurturing and as wonderful with that beautiful little girl as any other parent would (and should) be with their child. The little girl was happy, and was as normal and content as any other little girl along for the day.
Her other child is a little boy who is still too young to participate in the Take Your Child To Work Day events… but I imagine he’ll be joining in very soon as well.
I thought to myself how beautiful of an example this was of parenting at its finest.
Parenting does not require a mother and a father of opposite sexes.
Parenting does not require a marriage based on scripture or laws “commanded” by religion or government.
Parenting requires love, nurturing, and understanding by one, two, or even three (or more) loving, caring, and nurturing individuals of any sex, any race, any creed. It requires a bedrock of learning and love through examples, life lessons, education, and of course, hugs and kisses.
So why is it that people like this will stop at nothing to make sure that these rights are taken away from gays and lesbians who wish to be parents? It just never ceases to amaze me how ignorant some people can be.
As for me… I couldn’t be a parent on my own. I just don’t see it happening.
But… if I found the right person, and started the right kind of loving, nurturing relationship with this man, and committed myself to spending the rest of my life with him…
…and he wanted to have children…
…I’d do it in a heartbeat.