"One Year Later"
I had my first pregnancy symptoms in the metro on the way home from the Women's March, last year in Washington, DC. The hot train was equally packed with energy, and exhaustion. I became faint and nauseous. Having a difficulty standing and nowhere to sit, I hung onto Kit. A blur of pink hats dance across the backs on my eyelids as I struggled to stay lucid.
The first thing I thought when the test read positive was, "You marched with me." I knew it was a day every generation would learn about. This child would be able to show these photographs I took at the Women's March and say, "I was there, too! My mom was pregnant with me." He would know his parents stood on the right side of history, with an estimated 5,000,000 who marched worldwide.
Forest, is now almost 4 months old. His personality is shining through. He is opinionated with an intense desire to communicate, and from one week old he has smiled easily, and with his whole body. He often chooses one person and will almost stubbornly talk and grin at them until they communicate or smile, back. He already is who he is, but as his parents, it is our responsibility to guide his natural tendencies to help him become a force for good. As a white male, who I hope will never want for food and shelter, he will live a life of privilege. It is our job to educate him on what that privilege means.
I continue to march everyday by raising him to recognize the privilege he has, and what it means to be an #intersectional feminist, and an active part of the community, understanding that all are children of God. Through the years my greatest hope is that his intensity, stubbornness and love of people will never fade, but will grow into a force for good, that the world will be better with him a part of it.
Here are some of the photos I took that unforgettable day. Someday we'll share them with him.
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