The first time I was #wonderwomanfor Halloween I loved it. My Mom made the #costume. I had recently developed the #arthritisand things were difficult to say the least. It was fun to fantasize I could be so strong and able.
A few years later a lot had changed for me. I had lost my ability to walk and could only stand a little sometimes. I had a #sketchpadof #superherosI was drawing despite my hand/wrist degenerating. It was soooo painful to draw, but I needed to express myself artistically. This is around the time that ability popped up. I had lost my ability to dance, to walk, to run, to be a child, but there was something so special about being able to draw all these women: #dancing, jumping, being a super hero, etc. Each stroke of the pen, I pictured myself within them and I could make anything a reality on that pad of paper.
When Mom made my second WW costume, I asked her if she could please make it look closer to actual Wonder Woman costume design. She happily complied and I loved my costume even more. Although she wouldn't make it sleepless, I accepted her reasoning despite not getting what the problem was...lol As a parent now I see her point at the time!
I was so excited to wear it and pretend I could jump and kick butt. I would stand briefly and pose for a picture. I was unsteady and it was difficult, but that day none of that seemed to matter.
For anyone who doesn't get what strong, female role models can mean for little girls I can tell you that from first hand experience they can make you feel empowered to do more than you're capable of!
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