Mom & Me & Mom


God made Adam first

because He didn’t want any advice

from Eve on how to make Adam.

Anonymous (who is usually a woman)



To celebrate Women’s HERstory month and International Women’s Day, I wish to express my gratitude to the village of women who blessed my life with a wide range of talents, courage, wisdom, laughter and relentless optimism. I think back on their constant love and generosity through pain and difficulty reading Maya Angelou’s autobiography, Mom & Me & Mom:

My mother’s gifts of courage to me were both large and small. The latter are woven so subtly into the fabric of my psyche that I can hardly distinguish where she stops and I begin. The large lessons are highlighted in my memory like Technicolor stars in a midnight sky. Her love and support encouraged me to dare to live my life with pizzazz, doing what I never knew I was capable of as a black woman: a conducturette, singer, dancer, broadway performer, poet, screenplay writer, author, movie director, teacher, speaker, etc.

I had thought that I was a writer who could teach. I found to my surprise that I was actually a teacher who could write. One day, an invitation to be a distinguished visiting professor at England’s University of Exeter stunned and thrilled me. I thanked the administration but said I couldn’t leave my mother who was gravely ill. When she heard I had rejected the invitation, she whispered “Go. Show them you spell your name W-O-M-A-N. I’ll be here when you get back!”

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1 Comment (+add yours?)

  1. Mountain
    Mar 19, 2018 @ 07:54:17

    When I learned the other day that is was International Woman’s Day the first woman I thought of was you, Sharon! The spokes Goddess for women in a dignified way. A woman I know rather than a woman on the news or entertainment industry. I held off commenting until now simply because I was raging with thoughts and not wanting to step up on my soapbox with my opinion of the horrible things that we have all heard about mostly within the year regarding the mistreatment of women. It should be International Women’s Day, everyday!

    I can’t choose one favorite woman in my life because they are all special to me in their own way. I cant choose a favorite photo this time either because they are all my favorite because you are in all of them, Sharon! It appears that in one of them you had something important to say 🙂



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