Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Letter to my daughter

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My little mongrel,

You don’t exist yet. My best swimmers haven’t met your mother’s egg, but I can picture you already. I can picture your stubborn face, your mischievous eyes and your naughty smile.

My little mongrel,

I want to apologize for the world you're going to find when you get here. A world of screamers and bleaters. A world of spoiled brats who break everything they touch, and believe the Earth is a buffalo chicken wing they can suck to the bone. A world where only a few have real access to a decent living, while the rest is left fighting and dying over crumbs and leftovers.

A world where a mother’s only ambition is to find a nest for her daughter. So she can, in turn, become a mother. Where a father’s sole aspiration is to get under the skirt of the raunchy neighbor with big boobs. A world where most men are so afraid of women, they’d do anything to keep their illusive power: persecute, abuse, imprison, enslave or even kill.

My little mongrel,

I'll have the privilege watching you grow. Watching the playful baby turn into an ungrateful teen, then into a beautiful and divine woman. Yes, divine. And the hell with those who believe that God is some bearded chauvinistic deity. Those who forget that without women's rights there can be no human rights.

Promise me to never forget your absolute right to happiness. I don’t mean the make-believe happiness that fills our TV screens. Where people come begging for a little attention, for a brief moment under the sun, for a lousy applause and a cheap cheer. Happiness comes down to one simple word: be. Be anything you want. Be unique, be proud, be free. Live your dreams. All of them. Always dare, love, create.

However I must warn you: it will not be easy. Because all those who missed their train will go out of their way to help you miss yours. They’ll tell you about comfort, about security, they’ll tell you about husbands and children, about taxes and mortgages. Inviting you into the cozy prison of their uneventful life. But don’t worry. I will always be there, by your side, sword in hand. Together, we’ll tell them to fuck off. We’ll laugh at their mediocrity. We’ll cry when your heart gets roughed up, and get drunk to celebrate your first kiss.

Together we’ll change the world. We’ll create a world according to you. The only world worth living in.

© Claude El Khal, 2016

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