Published by Rachelle Disbennett-Lee
Monday, May 6, 2002
I was fortunate enough to attend the Take Our Daughters
to Work event sponsored by the Colorado Women's Chamber
of Commerce. The best part of the event for me was attending
it with three daughters that I had borrowed. My borrowed
daughters, Haley 9, Katie 11, and Alex 14, helped me view
the event through fresh eyes.
One of the most exciting parts of the program was the opportunity
to talk to women in nontraditional careers. We spoke to
an airplane pilot, an army helicopter pilot, a veterinarian,
a doctor, a professional soccer player, a firefighter and
a policewoman. What was interesting to me was my borrowed
daughters did not view this as an opportunity to meet women
in nontraditional careers. They viewed it as an opportunity
to meet people doing cool jobs. There was a part of me that
wanted to lecture them on how hard it was for women to be
where they are today. Then a part of me celebrated that,
at least for these three girls, we had arrived.
The theme of the program was Tomorrow's Heroes and nothing
could have been more appropriate. I met many young girls
attending the event who were doing great things too. Many
were volunteering, taking part in school projects and holding
leadership positions in their schools. It was uplifting
to see how many great young people there really are.
Tomorrow's Heroes really are our children. They are our
future. I, for one, feel like I am in good hands.
Spending time with young people is refreshing and inspiring.
The opportunity to see the world through young eyes brings
back the wonder and excitement. Although I was the one supposedly
exposing these young girls to new experiences, they were
the ones who educated me. I was reminded of how seeing things
for the first time can be an everyday experience. They taught
me that everything is an adventure and that we can do whatever
it is we believe and dream we can do.
When was the last time you viewed the world through young
Today's Youth = Tomorrow's
"Cherish your visions and your dreams, as they are
the children of your soul, the blueprints of your ultimate
achievements." Napoleon Hill
"Children are a wonderful gift. They have an extraordinary
capacity to see into the heart of things and to expose sham
and humbug for what they are." Desmond Tutu
"Children are likely to live up to what you believe
in them." Lady Bird Johnson
"Children are natural Zen masters; their world is
brand new in each and every moment." John Bradshaw