Wednesday, June 6, 2007


For years after turning 20, I didn't know if I should refer to myself as a girl or as a woman. In our youth-oriented society, women are generally referred to -- and refer to themselves -- as girls.

That hadn't felt right for a long time, but I didn't feel consistently comfortable with being called or calling myself a woman. I'd teeter between the two. I'd find myself saying, I'm a gir...woman. Or I'm a wo...girl.

And then yesterday, I found myself confidently referring to myself as a woman. My mind tried saying girl and I couldn't even bring myself to say the word.

Becoming a mother, made me a woman.


Tita said...

I know exactly what you mean!!! I'm still a gal myself.
Actually, in french at least, you're meant to become a "femme" when you get married; before that you're still a "jeune fille".
As we tend to get married later these days, it seems that more and more "jeune fille" comes to their 30's!!! including me!

Paloma said...

lovely thought! I liked a lot how you wrote down this. I am not a mother but I understand what you say! By the way, I haven't read it all carefully yet but you have a very nice blog. Full of good feelings.