“…But in this country
there is war.” Lorna Dee Cervantes, from Poem For The Young White Man Who Asked Me How I, An Intelligent, Well-Read Person Could Believe In The War Between The Races
Within the hour, I will have to wake her. Last night, her closing prayers were “Bless this mess. Fix it Jesus. Amen.” My daughter asked, “Who won?” at 1 in the morning, and promptly rolled to her other side so that I could not answer her. Today, like so many other madres, I will have to answer to her and for her.
Mija, like so many little girls in this generation and those that came before her, her own mom included, idolizes Wonder Woman. We are excited for the movie which premieres in June 2017.
My daughter has Wonder Woman t-shirts, hats, headband, dolls, and books. She identifies closely with this character, a woman who is brave, independent, and strong.
I am drawn to the character of Queen Hippolyta, Wonder Woman’s mother, and an amazing woman in her own right.
In the first movie trailer which debuted this past summer, Hippolyta tells Diana, aka Wonder Woman, “You have been my greatest love.” In the most recent trailer which debuted last week, Hippolyta calls out “Be careful, Diana” as her daughter embarks on a mission to go to war. Those two soundbites speak to what I’m feeling. How will I keep the person I love most safe in this world? How will I protect her? How will I prepare her to do battle?
The events surrounding the election are no surprise to me. I have seen the old ways of thinking and hating fester and spread; they never stop doing so.
While I grieve the harsh truths the election reveals about many people in our nation, I accept reality. One of the things I told my daughter last night was that now would be our time to fight for what is right.
So our mission begins.