At the outside of a Sweet 15 coming out party
held inside our Farmers Market building.
Is this the version of femaleness these teens are to emulate?
Last minute rehearsal before the performance inside.
Ah, those raging hormones, the drama of being young.
I wonder what will become of them?
Will they get the support to become the powerful women
they have the potential to become?
The kind of women that will not need to conform,
but will be empowered to make their own choices,
(not hormone driven.)
As regards partnership,
will they chose based on shared values,
rather then short term attraction?
As regards motherhood,
will they be free to have kids, or not?
Will they make use of birth control?
As regards religion,
will they be allowed to believe or not,
will they truly own their own bodies?
As regards careers,
will they pursue an education, or not?
Will they have a choice to stay home or not?
Will they have partners that will want to share
in the work at home
in the raising of the kids?
I hope this little girl
will know her own loveliness
and will have the options
to create a life of her own choosing.