T is for…

 
  My 2015 A to Z Challenge Theme is Quotes & Lines from Literature. Each day I will be posting a favorite quote or a few lines from well known short stories, poems or novels, with the letter of the first name as the A to Z. I’ll have a short write up with each quote, but each quote can also serve as a writing prompt for readers or myself.  I may write a poem or flash fiction based on that quote, or just throw it out there as inspiration. Hopefully you’ll join me in this adventure! I’ll try to include some of my favorite blog finds as I move through the challenge as well.


The line above from Hardy’s Tess of the D’Urbevilles always really stood out to me, partially for the have/have not but mostly for the strength. 

One of my three sons said once, “Oh boys are way stronger than girls!” After pointing out that grown up ladies are not girls but women, I was quick to point out that women can be just as a strong as men – only in different ways. I told them women may not always be as muscle strong, though there are some mighty strong women who could lift more weights than big guys, but women have to be strong in lots of different ways. I then had to point out the obvious, “Women can grow and give birth to another human being – that’s pretty strong!” But we spent some time discussing ways girls are strong, too. 

There have definitely been times I haven’t felt very strong or even felt like giving up on being strong because it was just too hard. I love Hardy’s words as a reminder that the strength I do have shouldn’t be abandoned just because it’s hard. 

I’m far from perfect, but I know there are things I can look back on with pride for holding on and being strong. Times I could have thrown in the towel and given myself up to my weaker inclinations, but managed not to somehow. Times I can remember when I have doubts and can tell myself that I am indeed strong. 

What does this quote mean to you?  As a woman I think of being a strong woman but if you are a guy reading this, does it speak to you as well? It needn’t be just strong women throwing their strength away, but anyone. What do you say? Tell me in the comments if you’d like.

Thanks

~CJ

8 thoughts on “T is for…

  1. I think often women don’t understand how strong they are until they reflect on their what they’ve done. I think we are so used to doing so much for so many people that we just think of it as getting shit done. I was raised by a remarkably strong woman who was way stronger emotionally and constitutionally than I will ever be. One of the things I told Hubs long ago was that I’m pretty strong and independent and I like being that way, but I need him to pick it up when I can’t do it anymore, and that’s worked for us. One of the things he said that attracted him to me was the strength and independence. Rock on, ladies.

    1. I feel pretty strong and independent most of the time but I am thankful my hubby is such a great partner. He helps so much. But I like your comment – seems so true – we just think of our strength sometimes as getting shit done. Yep!! ๐Ÿ˜ƒ๐Ÿ˜ƒ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘

      1. It is so funny and awesome that that is one of those things I never really knew I thought until I wrote it in the reply to your post. Writing is awesome. It is because of you I’m doing this challenge. Thank you!

  2. Love this! My son made the comment once that boys are stronger than girls… I did the mature mom thing and challenged him to an arm wrestling match. It was my greatest victory to see the difference my physical win made in his outlook on boys vs girls – maybe girls aren’t the weakest but just as capable.

      1. Hahaha yeah I couldn’t lose, it would have disproven my point! It’s difficult teaching the kids, girls and boys, the differences in strengths and how everyone is the same but different.

      2. It is an important lesson – among many we parents are charged with passing along – and I hope I manage to get through to them. And btw I wouldn’t know about teaching both genders in my all boy house. But hey I love them ๐Ÿ˜ƒ

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