I’m sorry that women say you are the reason for eating disorders and bad body image, what a huge weight to bare. I watched my younger cousin just 12 years old at the time almost vanish before my eyes from anorexia. Her and I used to play with you together. Her illness was not your fault. I hope you are able to find freedom in that. I pray for children like her everyday and hope they find strength in the Lord like she did and go on to live healthy full lives. I know that doesn’t always happen and my heart breaks for them and their mommas and their friends.
Thank you for all the wonderful hours of play you have given me. Thank you for growing my imagination, my sense of style, my love of women. I have spent countless hours with women, teens and girls. I have heard their stories, I have read their stories, I have lived some of their stories with them while holding their hands. I have developed a deep desire to cultivate greatness in women’s lives. I have laughed, cried and hugged women through life. From my mother, sister, sisters and mother-in-law, cousins and friends of every race, religion, ethnic background, size and shape through times of sorrow, joy, pain and celebration. Not once has it been about you. Thank you for surviving for so many decades that I was able to share you with my daughter and my nieces. You have brought great joy into many of our lives.