I felt such gratitude that she didn't know the extent of abuse, violence, and oppression that some girls her age experience here in our own city and throughout every country on this planet.
I danced to add my own energy to the collective movement of women rising all over the globe. And when it was over, walking back to the Muni, holding hands, she said, "Good job, Mom."
I thanked her for the compliment, but then realized I needed to make sure she understood why it really was a good job. How could I explain how my dancing reduced violence?
I tried, "In life there is a lot we see that we want to change. It can feel overwhelming and futile. But when we join together in a collective voice, we are louder, we are seen, we are heard." She got it.
Dancing with hundreds of others made me want to take a stand more often to help shift the world. I want my daughters to learn how to act on their desires for change too.
On March 8 there will be one more Flash Mob in San Francisco. If you would like to participate, I am teaching the routine next Thursday night, February 21. It's designed for everyone ~ you don't have to be a dancer. If you just want to dance on that night, please do! And if you have a daughter, bring her too!