28 May 2014 Leave a comment
It was the late 90s, but I remember it like it was yesterday, she was coming to our college to speak. My best friend, Danyelle and I, two Army Wives, mothers, and college students, taking care of home and family and playing grown up, would be right there to watch every minute.
In spite of our so called “grown-ness” we were reduced to being like two giddy little teenagers at the thought of getting to see, The Great Poet, Dr. Maya Angelou at our little school.
When the time came to watch her speak, she didn’t disappoint. She was wise, brilliant, beautiful, and funny; everything that we expected and more. I remember her joking about when she learned the name of our little school, Austin Peay State University in Clarksville, TN. The Peay is pronounced…well like… pee.
She quipped, “What is this school? I never heard of this, Austin Pee-aaay.” The crowd roared.
See, she wasn’t just amazing, wise and brilliant, she was also REAL.
…oh and that voice…
She regaled us with stories, her words of wisdom and belief in humanity. She left us inspired and believing that we could accomplish anything that we conceived. I will never forget the fullness that I felt that night. I suspect that most people would agree with my sentiments after being in her presence. No matter the size of the room, it was completely filled by her spirit. That will never change.
She told us to look to the ancestors for guidance and strength. To look to those who had gone before us. And now, she too, is one of those souls that we can call up for answers, inspiration, and hope.
We will miss this glorious spirit, this wise sage. She was more than a performer, poet, entertainer and renaissance woman. She was our teacher, our conscience, our guide. She was our family.
Rest In Peace beautiful child of God, you did everything you were supposed to do and so much more, you are loved and will be greatly missed.
16 May 2014 Leave a comment
Having the type of uncomplicated lifestyle that affords me the opportunity to notice little things like the tiny green inchworm (caterpillar) on the seat next to me at the coffee shop makes me very happy.
13 May 2014 Leave a comment
“Sometimes you just have to look at things from a different perspective to find the beauty,” says the girl who is afraid to ride the ferris wheel.