Thoughts on National Daughters Day
One thing leads to another.
How true it is. I willingly agreed to write a blog on National Daughters Day. (My mother never seems to have celebrated the day even though she had two daughters).
Being blissfully ignorant of the history of the day, I turned to every researcher’s friend — Google.
Facts and the occasional commentary
People in many countries around the globe celebrate National Daughters Day. In the United States, September 25 is the official celebration day. In 1936, J. Henry Dusenberry, from the state of Missouri, initiated the first celebration of National Sons and Daughters Day. (National Sons and Daughters Day is celebrated annually on August 11. Still plenty of time to plan your celebration).
How and when did National Sons and Daughters morph into National Daughters Day?
Archies Limited, based in New Delhi, India, began its nation’s celebration of the day in 1988. The company explains initiating the day: There has always been a certain stigma attached to being a girl child in India. (India doesn’t have a market on this view, right? However, the move was a step in the right direction).
Always helpful, Google provided several options in the “people also ask” section. (I did click on “How do I celebrate National Daughters Day?” but refrained from reading “What should I say to my daughter on National Daughters Day?”).
After an hour or so of research, I noticed how true it is that one thing leads to another.
I started this assignment with an OK feeling about the day. I am a daughter after all. And I learned who initiated the U.S. celebration — interesting enough. The role Archies Limited played in celebrating the day — inspiring.
“What do I say to my daughter on National Daughters Day?” Startling!
Inexplicably, that question jolted me into remembering the compelling photos of mothers and children of Afghanistan. Expressions of anguish, desperation, fear and hopelessness flashed through my mind.
At that moment, National Daughters Day lost any meaning it may have had for me when I began this assignment.
The question, “what do I say to my daughter?” became more poignant. That one question led me to more questions.
What would I say?
What do I say to my daughter within a political system that denigrates the rights of women? What do I say to my daughter when our home is swept away in an instant by flash flooding, hurricanes, fires? What do I say to my daughter when her child tests positive for COVID?
What do I say to my daughter to let her know how much I love her? What do I say to my daughter to give her confidence in and appreciation for herself? What do I say to my daughter when she goes out of her way to help someone else — without being told? What do I say to my daughter when she tells me she loves me?
I am not a parent, so I don’t know what a parent would say. As a daughter, I know what I’d like to hear.
On September 25, celebrate National Daughters Day however God’s Spirit moves you. Be warned however — one thing leads to another.