‘For My Daughter’ by Sarah McMane

“Never grow a wishbone, daughter, where your backbone ought to be.” – Clementine Paddleford

Never play the princess when you can
be the queen:
rule the kingdom, swing a scepter,
wear a crown of gold.
Don’t dance in glass slippers,
crystal carving up your toes —
be a barefoot Amazon instead,
for those shoes will surely shatter on your feet.

Never wear only pink
when you can strut in crimson red,
sweat in heather grey, and
shimmer in sky blue,
claim the golden sun upon your hair.
Colors are for everyone,
boys and girls, men and women —
be a verdant garden, the landscape of Versailles,
not a pale primrose blindly pushed aside.

Chase green dragons and one-eyed zombies,
fierce and fiery toothy monsters,
not merely lazy butterflies,
sweet and slow on summer days.
For you can tame the most brutish beasts
with your wily wits and charm,
and lizard scales feel just as smooth
as gossamer insect wings.

Tramp muddy through the house in
a purple tutu and cowboy boots.
Have a tea party in your overalls.
Build a fort of birch branches,
a zoo of Legos, a rocketship of
Queen Anne chairs and coverlets,
first stop on the moon.

Dream of dinosaurs and baby dolls,
bold brontosaurus and bookish Belle,
not Barbie on the runway or
Disney damsels in distress —
you are much too strong to play
the simpering waif.

Don a baseball cap, dance with Daddy,
paint your toenails, climb a cottonwood.
Learn to speak with both your mind and heart.
For the ground beneath will hold you, dear —
know that you are free.
And never grow a wishbone, daughter,
where your backbone ought to be.

(h/t A Mighty Girl)

For my 4yo – may she never be afraid to take on the world. And for me.

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She’s got a point there

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Sarah Silverman has some pretty important things to say. If she really said them…

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We be making bread

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What do you mean that doesn’t look like coronation Elsa?

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The little things

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The end of the year will be here before I know it, and 2014 will be over. Just. Like. That. So before it does, I want to take a moment to acknowledge the amazing year it’s been, and say: I KNOW WHAT YOU ARE DOING, TIME.

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Brad Pitt gets between the two ferns with Zach Galifianakis

If you’ve never watched ‘Between Two Ferns with Zach Galifianakis’, this one’s worth checking out. I don’t love it – the one or two times I’d seen it before, it was just okay – but this one with Brad Pitt, this is good.

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“Shia LaBeouf” Live by Rob Cantor

By far my favourite thing ever associated with Shia LaBeouf. This. Is. Gold.

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