International Women’s Day is such an important day! I am all for feminism and equal rights, and I even started a blog post about the all the women who inspire me this morning. Women are a huge part of how the world works. We are so essential to our societies, and I want to celebrate that. Which is why I thought sharing my feminism through a blog post would be beautiful…
…and then I had a poop catastrophe. I mean that; it was bad.
I’ll spare you the picture of what was on the shirt and rug once I picked her up… Her diaper was virtually my floor. I promise it was not pretty. But, it did also put a lot into perspective, especially for International Women’s Day. I’ll get to that, though. For now, Here’s a list. Because EVERY great blog post has a list right? 😉
1. Tell Nate to come home from work.
2. Lock Remi outside. (Because who knows if he’ll roll in it, or step on it and jump on my couches? I’m not taking that risk.)
3. Pick Kyrie up and made a trail of poop throughout the living room and kitchen (Fortunately, the gap between them isn’t very far!)
4. Obtain and open trash bag
5. Insert baby waist deep (Also, waste deep.)
6. Go upstairs and realize you forgot the wipes. BLARGH. You can’t leave a poop covered baby unattended while being halfway inside a garbage bag. (That’s a parenting FYI. For those of you who don’t know… I do know some things about being a mom 😉
7. Text Nate to warn him of the current poop slip hazard and ask him to bring wipes. All the wipes. (I don’t want my bathtub covered in poop. Even if it washes out, I’ll always remember it was there.)
8. Remove anything from the bathtub that will eventually end up covered in feces and run water.
9. Wait while making sure Kyrie doesn’t chew on her poop covered fingers. Fortunately, Nate works about 10 minutes away, if he hits every red light.
10. Sigh in relief when Nate gets home to find us both covered in poop sitting in a trash bag on the bathroom floor.
11. Wash Kyrie and let her splash water onto me hoping it might wash away poop from my clothes.
12. Come downstairs to discover Nate cleaned up the floor and may have even salvaged the shirt (that I LOVE!!!!) that she still hasn’t worn but managed to poop on.
So.. International Women’s Day? Here it is. For me, I am no woman without Nate. My husband saves me from poopy days, and he does it for me all the time. Do I generally cause those days? Yes. And he still manages to save me from them. So, Nate, thank you for being my hero (or should I say heroine?) on International Women’s day. I’m not me without you.
Now, before everyone starts losing their minds, my poop catastrophe is NOTHING compared to the tragedies plaguing women across the globe. A poopy diaper on a rug on top of a floor that is not dirt, that we have because we both my husband and I can go to school. And we can do it safely (I literally do my schooling in the safety of my home). And while we likely would not be paid the same rate for doing the same job, I can get a job. I can vote to elect people who will help shape our society, so that doesn’t happen. I can choose to stay home with my daughter, and am not expected to. I am so blessed.
Today, my poop catastrophe taught me that I’m blessed to be a woman, and I’m blessed to be a wife who has a great husband to support her. I hope we’ll all remember (and remember for longer than just today), women are vital to this life. They should be paid the same, given the same opportunities and celebrated for who they are. Strong. Intelligent. Full of Grit. Courageous. Loving. Kind. Hard Working. And all the other adjectives you can use to describe any other human being… Both men and women. Women are incredible creatures who help to make life and contribute to sustaining it. Women are capable of and should be educated. They NEED to be allowed to show the world what they are made of. So, today, please say thank you to the women in your life. Treat them like the powerful, strong women they are. Take the Pledge for Parity. Remember that women need help from both males and females. We need more people to think like Emma Watson, so learn more about He for She.
Let’s start taking action to change the oppression of women.
And, women, please also remember your worth. And that each worthy person can and SHOULD ask for help. It just might save you from your poop catastrophe.