Some might think in this day and age a girl’s role model should be a career woman, someone working in an office or in a so-called “men’s” line of work. I know those people are wrong. For me, you are the perfect role model. I admire how you take the things you want to do, like playing your flute and writing music, and find ways to fit them into your life. I admire your ability to clearly say what you think and feel. If every woman were that assertive, there would be more respect for the women of this world I admire your kindness. You are the only person I know whom I’ve never seen hurt another to get what you want. I believe you can get whatever you want without hurting anyone. What I admire most is not what you have done for yourself, but what you have done for me. I hope when I grow up, I can pass on to my children what I have learned from you about how to treat people. You have given me a wonderful life and shown me how to get that sort of life for myself.
People might think my mom not a hero because she hasn’t done anything “exceptional”. Well, you don’t have to do anything exceptional. I know that you are exceptional. You have made me proud of you by working hard at everything you do and doing it well.
I love you, mom.
~A Teenage Rachel Corrie
From Let Me Stand Alone: The Journals of Rachel Corrie (April 10, 1979-March 16, 2003)