Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Pink is just a Colour*

I was reading a bunch of profiles of 'real' girls from 'real' families today. All the girls come from impoverished backgrounds. Many are first generation literates. Most of them lack positive role models in their communities.

All of them were in school and doing well. All wanted careers- doctor, teacher, engineer, police officer- they were all willing to dream and dream big.

They all realised that it was the generosity of strangers that enabled them to get a good education, and they all had plans on how to pay it forward.
They are the future. And they all love pink!
drabble is a story told in exactly 100 words.

* Inspired by Lady Fi's comment on Facebook - "Pink is a colour, not a gender".


Margot Kinberg said...

Rayna - Thanks for this terrific post that shows that what really matters in the lives of our children is people who support them and care for them and have them as a priority. Once we give children the tools to make strong adult lives for themselves, they can. Doesn't matter what colour they like!

Dorte H said...

And all my best wishes for these girls that they will make it!

I am not a first-generation reader, but I am a first-generation academic in my family, and I hope I´ll never just take it for granted.

Debra She Who Seeks said...

Good luck to them all!

Anonymous said...

Love this Drabble... so glad to hear of strong women who know what they like.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Those girls will make it because they have great attitudes.

Trudy said...

I love this drabble Rayna...a reminder that we can all dream big, regardless of our circumstances in life!

L. Diane Wolfe said...

Hope they take full advantage of the opportunity.

Not Hannah said...

You are my inspiration today.

Kittie Howard said...

What an inspiring Drabble. Dreams aren't pink or blue; dreams can come true.

Jan Morrison said...

"dreams can come true, when you're young at heart, you'll get a head start if you are among the very young at heart..." Maurice Chevalier sang it, I don't know who wrote it. In this case, it is the benefactors who must be young at heart to see how to support the dreams of these young women. Of course they love pink - pink is the first colour we know...

Mary Vaughn said...

Dreams come in all colors, just like the dreamer.
May they have the future of their minds and hearts.

Jane Kennedy Sutton said...

I have a feeling these girls will inspire many others to follow in their footsteps.

Ann said...

I commend all these girls, future role models and yeah for pink!

Holly Ruggiero said...

That's wonderful to hear.

David L Macaulay said...

this is a great and uplifting post - thanks

Hart Johnson said...

Yay pink power! I love their high hopes and hope they all get there.

Jemi Fraser said...

Awesome!! I bet they continue to change the future :)

Chary Johnson said...

Sending positive energy so that all these girls achieve their goals. It's wonderful to pay forward.

Good luck to them all!

Ella said...

Girl power, love this post~ The power of pay it forward is amazing~

slommler said...

I just love the color pink...and it is nice to know that it has power!! Good thoughts and prayers for those girls!! We need more like them...everywhere!! Dedicated...brave and forward thinking!!

Jayne said...

That's lovely. Paying it forward is one of the best things we can do with our lives.

Rayna M. Iyer said...

@ Margot - isn't it amazing how kids can blossom if they are only allowed to do so.

@ Dorte - every time I am tired and think of quitting my full time job, I think of the girls who's lives I am helping change, and get rejuvinated yet again.
And had I gone into academics, I would have been the fourth generation to do so- which is why I NEVER underestimate its potential.

@ Debra - a little bit of luck, and a little bit of opportinity, and they will all soar.

@ Fiona - it is amazing to see how little time they need to transform themselves so completely.

@ Alex - they will, wouldn't they?

@ Trudy - so true. As long as we also have the realism to know that all the dreams may not always come true.

@ Diane - something tells me they will- at least most of them.

@ Heather - and I read your post- that is fantastic.

@ Kittie - that even rhymes. And it is so true.

@ Jan - those are wonderful lines. And the people I most admire at those who spend their lives trying to help others make theirs.

@ Mary - I too hope they are able to acheive their dreams- the effort is there, but whether circumstances will help or not is the issue.

@ Jane - that's the best part. When they achieve their dreams, they inspire others to follow! Think of the ripple effect of that change.

@ Ann - they are awesome role models, aren't they?

@ Holly - it is, isn't it?

@ David - thank you.

@ Hart - with so many people rooting for them, how can they but succeed?

@ Jemi - I hope so too.

@ Chary - when I think of them, I often think of you. The same grit and determination- only different circumstances.

@ Ella - thank you.

@ SueAnn- we do need more such girls, dont' we? More power to them.

@ Jayne - it is, isn't it?


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