In my culture, having a daughter is still considered an unenviable position. Even among the educated elite, and the professional elite, you can find undertones of this ugly preconception. I had to listen to those condescending lectures personally when my baby girl was born. I was chagrined, to say the least.
Unlike those self-righteous well-wishers, I don’t consider my baby girl a burden, or a curse, or even a “ticket to heaven”. To me, she is a complete new person. A person that my wife and I are responsible for. A person that we have to ensure becomes a kind and logical member of the society of tomorrow. And that is why I have vowed to devote every iota of my energy to making sure that Romana grows up with the best of all experiences.
In the picture, I have Romana in a baby carrier, strapped to myself. I think that pretty much sums up my personal role for her. I am the rocket and she’s the astronaut. It is my job to make sure that she goes “TO INFINITY, AND BEYOND!”, to quote Buzz Lightyear. I do believe that that is the role of all parents: As unshakable support systems for their children, to make sure that they achieve whatever they want to believe.
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