On Tuesday, we came back from a week spent visiting with Robert's family back in New Jersey, and to be honest…I'm still recovering.
Flying over 2,500 miles with small children is no easy feat, even though our boys are exceptionally good travelers. Everyone stayed positive & flexible. Still, by the time we made it back home, we were exhausted!
But one of the coolest things happened on our way back to California.
As we were deplaning, the co-pilot asked our two boys if they would like to see a real cockpit! Each boy took a turn sitting in the chair, with his hands on the flight controls as he looked around at all the gauges and screens.
As he stepped off the plane, my five-year-old declared, "This is the Best. Flight. EVER!" He spent the rest of the day checking out the wings they had pinned on him and pretending he was a real live pilot.
Do you want to know the best part?
That co-pilot was a woman.
I have flown many times, and yet I can count on one hand the number of times there was a woman in the cockpit. Sadly, that's not surprising given the fact that only 1 out of 20 U.S. commercial airline pilots are female.
Yet my sons' very first encounter with a professional pilot was with a woman. The role my five-year-old was pretending to be? The person he was looking up to? A female pilot.
And it was no big deal to him, even though it rocked my socks off to see it!
My "Why" Is Very Personal
People ask me all the time why I make kits "just for girls." They want to know why Handcrafted HoneyBee is dedicated to inspiring girls to Dream Big. The implication of those questions is clear: by focusing on girls, we must be excluding boys.
Things couldn't be further from the truth.
I love my two sons so fiercely. I want them to dream big. I want them to pursue ambitious goals, build lives around what they love & improve the lives of others.I want them to live in a world that is better than the one they were born into.
My sons' world just grew a little bit this week. Their eyes were opened to a new possibility, a new dream for themselves.
But more important was what they didn't learn.
They didn't learn that this was a career path almost exclusively male. They didn't learn to expect to see a man in a position of authority and responsibility.They didn't learn that big dreams are for boys, but not for girls.
And their world is bigger & better for it.
I want to see the future generation of young women become leaders & influencers, thinking both creatively & analytically to solve the problems facing them. Not just for their sake, but for an entire generation of young men who will be working alongside them to solve those same problems.
I want smart, creative girls to grow into strong, capable women for many reasons. This week I was reminded of one of those reasons.
I want to live in a world where it wouldn't even occur to my sons to ask: "Isn't that a job just for boys?"
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