While I was in DC I purchased a little souvenir, a Rosie the Riveter iron-on patch. Easiest “sewing” project yet! Rosie the Riveter, as I’m sure most of you know, became an iconic image of working women during WWII. I’ve always had an attachment to Rosie. When I was in high school I just thought she was cool, as I should have. I even had a poster of her on my wall that made me look way cooler than I really was. Ironically the way I thought about women back then actually went against everything that picture stood for. Sometime in high school I found out my grandmother was herself a Rosie the Riveter. She worked on airplanes with her sister-in-law while my grandfather was serving in Italy during WWII. I like to think she was a feisty brave woman, but the truth is I don’t know what she was like in her 20s. None-the-less I love this connection between Rosie and my grandmother.
Rosie now means something much more and much different from my high school days. The past three years have been about me finding my own voice, feeling confident in my own skin, and having the strength and bravery I’ve suppressed for so long. So many thanks to my husband for treating me as his equal – showing me my place is not behind him but next to him. He pushes me to make my own decisions and have my own opinions. A lot of who I am today is because of his influence in my life.
When I look at my little iron-on patch of Rosie, I think, “Yes I can be myself without fear, I can own up to what I know and don’t know without shame, and I can work hard to fight for my dreams.”
“Rosie the Riveter is a reminder to all of us to try new things, test our limits, and believe in ourselves and others.” – Rosie the Riveter National Park