August 12th is International Youth Day, celebrating the potential of youth as partners in the global community.
As a mother, I hope that my daughters will make positive contributions to the world. I educate them about other cultures and we discuss world news (OK, at this stage it’s just little chats over breakfast about the day’s front-page newspaper photos). I also encourage them to be confident and kind. I inspire them to to have aspirations. In this vein, like most parents, I often ask my kids, “What do you want to be when you grow up?” I’ll admit, sometimes this question is more for my entertainment than anything else.
“A pirate,” my youngest daughter said with gusto.
“A Mummy,” she said days later.
“A pop star,” said my eldest daughter.
She changed her mind weeks later. “A Princess.” Ah, how clichéd. At least she didn’t say ‘drug dealer’.
But it was the response from my youngest that made me laugh the most.
“So, what do you want be when you grow up?” I asked.
At least that’s an achievable goal.