Maybe all 10-year-old girls list their Moms as their heroes, but I considered in that moment that I was experiencing a personal lifetime high point.
Like most Moms I know, I worry about being too much or not enough. Do I work too much? Do I do enough? What's the percentage of field trips chaperoned necessary for optimum parental engagement?
With the release of Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg's book, "Lean In," women everywhere are evaluating whether they've gone far enough in their careers. I love and hate the whole conversation. I am a Leaner. I lean in, sometimes too far, and then I catch myself and lean way back. There are moments when I have lost my equilibrium, wanting nothing more than to radically change the world, then noticing that the world that matters most to me is waiting in the other room.
My daughter knows I love to create things and that I'm fired up by the idea of improving people's lives. She often complains that I'm on the computer too much, and I worry that we don't play enough board games. But then I lift my eyes to the poem she wrote about me that's affixed to the message board in front of my desk. "Mommy." In blue ink it reads:
Her face is like a flower
And she has so much power.
And I realize that's how I want her to feel -- soft and strong; sweet and mighty. My own future's hero driving off in her neon green Vespa.
With a Perspective, I'm Susan Dix Lyons.