#regram from our Founder @TarynToomey with @BeckyWrightmcdonald #nationalGirlfriendDay
This is to ALL the women.
Who have have sat next to me.
Who have given me the honor of sitting next to them.
WHO HAVE RALLIED AROUND ME.
WHO HAVE LET ME RALLY AROUND THEM.
To all the women who have sat next to ONE ANOTHER.
Who KNOW what it means TO HOLD SPACE.
To have had to USE THE TOOLS.
To all who are feeling the pull.
THIS IS TO YOU 🙌🏼
A dear friend sent this to me last night in a time I needed it.
This is a reminder to all of you too. 🦅
‘In the wild, when a mama elephant is giving birth, all the other female elephants in the herd back around her in formation. They close ranks so the delivering mama cannot even be seen in the middle. They stomp and kick up dirt and soil to throw attackers off the scent and basically act like a pack of fierce bodyguards.
They surround the mama and incoming baby in protection, sending a clear signal to predators that if they want to attack their friend while she is vulnerable, they’ll have to get through forty tons of female aggression first.
When the baby elephant is delivered, the sister elephants do two things: they kick sand or dirt over the newborn to protect its fragile skin from the sun, and then they all start trumpeting, a female celebration of new life, of sisterhood, of something beautiful being born in a harsh, wild world despite enemies and attackers and predators and odds.
This is exactly what we do, girls. When our sisters are vulnerable, when they are giving birth to new life, new ideas, new spaces, when they are under attack, when they need their people to surround them so they can create, deliver, heal, recover…we get in formation. We close ranks and literally have each others’ backs. We do the heavy lifting while our sister is down. You want to mess with our girl? Come through us first. Good luck.
And when delivery comes, when new life makes its entrance, when healing finally begins, when the night has passed our sister is ready to rise back up, we sound our trumpets because we saw it through together. We celebrate! We cheer! We raise our glasses and give thanks.’