Everybody who knows me in person knows that I am all about education. There’s not a day where I don’t think about it or not do the act of educating. To me, learning is like food. It’s something I need and crave.
After I had M, I knew soon after that one day she’ll go to kindergarten, middle school, high school and then college. It was the same after I had Jovie. I knew within a few months that she’ll one day go to college. So after settling with the new family addition we opened a college fund and when I heard that hubby can transfer his GI Bill to the girls, I made sure he got on it.
Then last weekend, in the middle of talking about school and how important education is to me, somebody asked, “What if she’s (M) not academic?” I stopped and I most likely looked puzzled and said (in a slow shocked manner), “But my grandpa was academic, my dad’s academic, all my cousins and siblings are academic, I am academic and so of course she will be academic. School ends after university and anything less was never (as far as I know) talked about in my family.” My answer probably came out sounding snobbish but that’s just the way it was. I never realized that college was optional.
Today I had lunch with a friend and I asked her (she happens to have two bright children) about her children’s academic future. I shared with her the little conversation I had last weekend and without going over her answer, she told me more less that since I grew in an environment where I was pushed to have a university degree, it’s only normal if do the same to M and Jovie.
I know that some people think of me as rigid, or really pushy, in this department and I am already called “Tiger Mom” even though trust me, I am not even close (I give this credit to my cousin and a few other friends I know :D) but it’s difficult to be swayed when I have benefitted from having a college education. Even though I am not working and using my degree, I am using my knowledge and discipline to bring up the girls well.
I told hubby (and btw, he didn’t start college until after M was born) that if we had a boy, I’d probably be more open to the idea of the kid going vocational but a girl, even if the girls married some rich dudes, I want to see them be highly educated so that at least they don’t have to rely monetarily on their spouses and to confidently feel equal to their partners (now I am starting to sound like a raging feminist, HA!). But, since I don’t have a boy, I’ll continue to think that the last day of compulsory school for the girls is the day before their college graduations.
As a last note, there are reasons why many organizations want to educate women in developing countries. One of the reasons was explained quite well by UNFPA and I love this little bit, “Education is important for everyone, but it is especially significant for girls and women. This is true not only because education is an entry point to other opportunities, but also because the educational achievements of women can have ripple effects within the family and across generations.”
So not to bore you too much, I did include a card. I used WPlus9′s WONDERFUL new collection to create the card. I LOVE the snow flake die!!!