Why God Gives Men Daughters
"She borrowed my gangsta, then sold it on eBay," Very Smart Brothas' Panama Jackson says in a piece reflecting on his relationship with his 4-year-old girl.
Through my daughter I've had the pleasure of re-examining all sorts of interesting things about lots of facets of myself. From the music I'm listening to, to my own worldview which admittedly has needed some tweaking, and HOW I think about issues relating to women ...
While she's obviously still too young to directly impact my worldview, her existence and having the pleasure of being apart of her growth as a person has forced me to set aside a lot of my own views on what makes me a man and where I should draw the line.
Maybe I needed that because the whole man's man thing only works if you don't have to raise a little girl who will become a woman. Which ... well is my job. While I've spent all this time doing my thing on some rah rah I'll slap you just for living, now my kid loves planes so I love planes too. You can't be out robbing people when your kid squeals because she sees a plane and you look up, smile and say awwww ... that's a plane.
She borrowed my gangsta, then sold it on EBay. And now I'm out here defenseless in these streets like I'm coming in this game on some modeling sh*t. Or like this. No really, like that.
God gave me a daughter because I needed one. And that's alright.
Read Panama Jackson's entire piece at Very Smart Brothas.
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