Hidalgo: My tribute to a woman on March 8, her day

TO A woman, in your loving gentleness, you have the strength of a rock. In your loving touch, you are a balm to an ailing heart. In your endearing words, a raging hardened man softens and thaws. In your intelligent discourses, all and sundry cannot but stop, to listen and be in tow.

With your burning love, the home's hearth is kept aglow. With your gentle agile hands, the home chores are done without much ado. With your motherly care and concern, your children grow up in the golden mold we all wish them to be. Your discipline tendered with love is the best that you can do.

Woman - with your God-given talents, the world you seek out and a fight you wage to make it better be. Woman, seemingly aggrieved, enslaved; you are awakened to a new reality. Stop and ponder on these. Where are you? What have you done? What are there still to be done?

You need no brawny muscles to show how strong you can be. You need no aggressiveness to fight this tide which engulfs you. You need not loathe this gentle body which imprisons you or blame the incident of hormones which formed you.

Do not lament the norms of society and civilization which resulted in the realities you see now. You do not need to look so far to see what had happened to you. Just look into yourself, look well, take stock and harness your God- given sublime quality.

Woman - you are the tower of strength for in your fertile bosom lies the birth bed of humanity. You brought forth into this world a baby with pain and effort nothing on earth can be its equal. In your breasts, you have the nourishment for all humanity. Your motherly care is paramount for your baby to grow into maturity.

Woman - you are the softest, gentlest, but you can be the most powerful loud sound to jolt this complacent world into its reality. Do not be adamant at what your fate seems to be. You have been trodden and belittled by the gentry. You should not seek to be equal to man, catch up with him. This was not meant to be.

Seek to be better, to dominate is not the essence for this echoes your feminine weakness and feeling of inferiority. Do not dream of your feminine sovereignty.

In this troubled world, let this be your role to seek peace and prosperity. Instead of upstretched arms and closed fist, why not curb it a loving embrace. Instead of angry rhetoric, why not make a clear, just and intelligent oratory of your intellectual plea.

Instead of thumping the streets with inflamed hostile marches; why not pause and kneel, contemplate in peace so you can see clearly to resolve what should be. Instead of inciting everyone to anger, to be defensive, to disagree; why should not engulf them with compassion, understanding, tolerance and peacefully what could be done.

Instead of harping on all the ills that beset our troubled society. Why not create workable alternatives then all these ills will end our misery.

Woman - remember this. God created man and woman in different molds. It is to compliment, to love, and complete each other and live in harmony to people this earth. Then together you hold a heritage to this earth entrusted to both of you in passing by all generations yet to come who will be forever grateful to both of you for you did your part so well as greatly as you could possibly do.


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