Disclaimer: These are my feelings and my opinions. I don't judge those women that choose to work, and I hope to not be judged as well.
I'm an old-fashion girl at heart. A simple girl, really.
When I was little, I longed for two things; and to this day, that hasn't changed:
1. Get married and have a big family.
2. Own a bakery. (seriously)
I realize neither of those things are very ambitious, and I'm okay with that, that's just who I am - sorry Mom!
My sister wants to join the Navy, travel the world, and have a complex linguistics career. My brother wants to be a high school history teacher. And my youngest brother in-law wants to be an engineer. All huge dreams! None of which are mine.
In my opinion, family is the most important thing in this world. I know that once I'm old and wrinkly, all I will have left is my family. And I want to be able to look back at this time in my life and remember the time I spent with my family - not the time I spent working, not my job title or big projects, not the numbers on my paychecks....
Nothing would make me happier than to be home for my child(ren) and my husband - to take care of MY child(ren); make a nice dinner every night; clean my house every day; and, maybe start up a small bakery one day.
A friend, who shares similar dreams (less the bakery), recently asked me: Is it so wrong to want these things?
My answer: Hell to the NO, girlfriend!
I don't care if my dreams set the women's movement back 50 years. Maybe I'd like to be a homemaker, thankyouverymuch. Maybe I'd find that to be fulfilling. Maybe others would too. Did those feminists ever consider that??
And now, for the the lingering question, what are my dreams for this little beauty?
My hopes and dreams for Lucy Lu are that she be happy. I won't shove college down her throat. I won't arrange her marriage. And if she decides she wants to be a stay-at-home-mom, too, I will fully support her. Although, if that's the case, I will insist she become my partner in Shelton Sweets Bakery. ;-)