If the 30 contributors to It's a Girl ever get together in one place, please oh please, invite me to the party!
I swallowed the book whole and loved every minute of it.
No surprise really.
A few weeks back, I had a fantastic evening with Andi Buchanan (the book's editor) and Miriam Peskowitz (a contributor) at the MotherTalk event in New York, staying out too late because the conversation was soooo good.
It's a Boy was a good read too, but with this one I had a vested interest: two daughters.
As Andi said on CNN, and I'm paraphrasing here, "Mothers worry about having a boy because they don't know what they're getting into. They worry about having a girl because they know exactly what they're getting into."
Isn’t that the truth?
Each essay was a mixture of moving, funny, eye-opening, and incredibly well written. I didn’t know until I flew through the book how much I’ve been trying to work out in my head, on my own, my notions of parenting girls.
Take my secret pleasure when my girls say they don't like pink, or when my youngest decided, at 18 months, that the only way to wear a baseball cap was backwards, or when they both run outside to play "paleontologist" and find "fossils" among the rocks in the backyard. I love these gender-defying moments, it’s true, but until reading It’s a Girl, I hadn’t realized how alone I felt in thinking beyond these silly examples to the bigger twists and turns of raising daughters in our complicated world.
But now here I am feeling like I’ve made 30 new friends who’ve all generously shared their parenting wisdom and wisecracks and indelible stories, and for that I’m thankful to them all, but to Andi in particular, who’s one of them.