Last year, I read the book “Freakonomics” by Malcolm Gladwell. The chapter about parenting left an impression on me. If I remember correctly, one of the main themes was: it is not what you do for a child that makes the biggest impression on her character, but rather, who you arethat has the most influence. For example, taking your children to a museum every day—or giving them educational games—won’t make them smarter. But if you, as a parent, value learning, then chances are your child will as well. This rule applies (according to a whole bunch of numbers and data) to many values we try to instill in a child.
As I think of Justina becoming a parent (and if what this book says is true), I know her little girl will be just fine in life. If the character of her mother influences her at all, then she will be kind, thoughtful and creative. She will value a sense of humor, honesty and expression in any form. She will be tolerant of others and inspire everyone around her. She will be bold, confident and she will love her life, finding happiness even in the struggle. She will also have GREAT style.
I couldn’t be more excited for Justina. I know that she will be an exceptional mother. I was incredible honored when she asked me to be a guest blogger. Since she is taking the time now to enjoy being a new mother, I thought it appropriate to share a few of the photos we took of her beautiful belly. (I think she is absolutely radiant.)
Much love, Annie