ABSENCE

“The non-existence or lack of”. Yesterday there was no blog post from me. I live in Mexico, and here, yesterday was a day where women were asked to stay home. They were asked to be absent from society, in hopes that their absence, their non-existence, be felt. I tried to be absent for a while from my presence on this planet. My lack of social media use prompted some to reach out wondering if all was ok. Some not noticing at all. This made me wonder. How many of us are out there that go missing and are unaccounted for? I am fortunate to have loved ones look out for me, who feel my absence. I fear for those who do not. Absence. I saw video footage of schools being attended only by boys and male teachers. Such powerful images. How sad the school looked without girls. How sad the school would look if it were the other way around as well. Children need each other. Boys and girls alike. The message was powerful. Absence. Female. Male. It is felt. We both belong here. We need each other. We are equal. We are important. We need NOT be absent. We need to make our presence valuable, cherished, respected. Do not wait for absence to want presence. By then, it may be too late.

9 thoughts on “ABSENCE

  1. You are important.
    We do need you.
    (speaking as a man, to all women)
    Thank you for your post. I did follow the news of the protest in Mexico but your story brought it closer to my heart.
    Kevin

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  2. This piece is powerful, as is the day you participated in yesterday in Mexico. The short sentences and fragments you composed bring such desperate energy to your writing, as you make the plea that we all actively appreciate our diverse humanity. Love this line: “Do not wait for absence to want presence.” So beautiful. Thank you for sharing this with us.

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    1. Thank you for your comment! And thank you for making me realize this: “The short sentences and fragments you composed bring such desperate energy to your writing, as you make the plea that we all actively appreciate our diverse humanity.”

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  3. Wow this is a really powerful that Mexico does. I wish other countries would do something like that. There are so many women in the workforce who if they stayed home, the offices would not run smoothly. Most schools would not have many teachers in them. This is a great protest to show people through our absence that we are of equal value. Thank you for opening my eyes to this practice.

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