The Importance of Legacy Building
I always knew I wanted to be a mom, but when I started to write the plethora of love letters and personal identity posts on De Su Mama in 2011, I never thought I’d be here–blogging on BabyZone with other highly respected and well-known parenting gurus. I am ecstatic and honored! And I also believe that this opportunity serves as a reminder of what my online mission is: to speak on the importance of legacy building.
That is what purposed parenting is all about, anyway. We give birth to tiny souls, inherently containing an assortment of characteristics, waiting to be molded into the legacies that will one day define our existence on this earth. To raise our legacies into something awesome is what all of us, as parents, strive to do. We find commonality in that goal. Even still, we parent from different perspectives and sets of value, making communities like this one so important.
For instance, my commitment and love of photography is cemented in my own family’s legacy and identity as Latino immigrants. As children, my mom and dad immigrated to the States in the early 1960′s as political refugees from Cuba. Under severe regulations, my grandmother’s treasured family photos had to be smuggled via mail out of the country to relatives already in the United States years before their own departure. The Castro regime and communist government did not allow them to exit the country with those family heirlooms. My childhood is wrought with memories of my grandmother explaining the process to me, as she stared at the decades-old images of my mom as a baby. Being separated from her treasured possessions like that had a huge impact on her identity. My grandmother was reunited with the photos eventually, but not all of them, and I grew up understanding the immense value photography has to our family legacy. Through my own efforts, I hope to pass down a love of photography to my children, solidifying it as part of our family legacy.
The same goes with travel. Because I am raising bi-cultural and biracial children, our family legacy will be filled with travel that helps to define their identities on this earth. I hope that by traveling and learning about other cultures, my babies will feel whole on this earth – even if they, themselves, are a collection of cultures and races.
Parenting is not an easy thing. Certainly the stage of new motherhood is one of the most difficult. We throw our whole beings into our new babies, unknowing of what the outcome will be. But I believe, that by building a conscience legacy, remaining focused on our values as human beings, we can rest assured. Our kids won’t be perfect – they can’t be perfect – but when we state the values of which our family legacies are made, they can begin to understand their place in the long line of legacy builders before them.
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