Often when I talk to people about race they say, “When I look at you I don’t see color.” My response to them is always the same. Aloud I say, “That is your loss, my color is beautiful.” To myself I say, “You are either unobservant or a liar.”
Noticing a person’s color is not a problem, behaving badly because of that color is a problem.
I am many things. But, first and foremost, I am black. Before anything else, I was destined to be black because both my parents are black. Next I am a woman because biology and my chromosomes. Everything after that is a matter of choice. I chose to be a Christian, a wife, a mother, an attorney, a writer, an amazing person. But it all starts with black.
When you look at me in the photo above of course you notice my black suit jacket, the orange print on my silk blouse and the crazy orange beaded earrings. At the same time you notice my beautiful brown skin.
There is something wonderful about a child who loves reading. This is especially true when that child has overcome reading difficulties. This is true even if you lose your e-Reader.
I never thought being stuck at the market for an extra 10 minutes would make me smile.
I learned to read when I was three years old. One of my favorite memories is opening a brown box of Dr. Seuss books and being able to read “Hop on Pop.” The box also contained, “One Thumb, Two Thumbs,” “The Foot Book” and “To Think That I Saw it On Mulberry Street.” All of those books were my friends and companions for many years to come. “The Foot Book” was such a treasure that I read it to my own children at least a million times.
My three of my four children took to reading rather easily. I took them from Hooked on Phonics to school books without any major hiccups. One of my daughters had trouble reading. Phonics just was not her friends and she could not get the relationship between phonics and reading. Fortunately, we lived in a school district that provided all kinds of testing and evaluations to find out exactly why she was having trouble getting the hang of reading. A specialist in reading and writing started working with my little one. After two months of special work, something wonderful happened at the supermarket.
A few days ago, three of the children and I were picking up a few things at the supermarket. We passed a rotating display with a variety of books. My problem reader saw a book that grabbed her attention. She did something incredible. She picked the book up, read the title and then proceeded to read the entire book aloud to the rest of us. The book display was in the next to last aisle of the market. This means I had done all my shopping and was ready to go home. But, when my baby picked up that book and began to read, all on her own, I had to stop myself from crying happy tears. My baby was reading a book. My baby was reading a book. My baby was reading a book!last aisle of the market. This means I had done all my shopping and was ready to go home. But, when my baby picked up that book and began to read, all on her own, I had to stop myself from crying happy tears. My baby was reading a book. My baby was reading a book. My baby was reading a book!
It was 10 minutes of my life that I was not planning to spend at the supermarket.
I have been compensated in the form of a Best Buy Gift Card and/or received the product/service at a reduced price or for free.
Father’s Day is a great time to get a new camera and then go crazy taking photos of everything and everyone with the GoPro HERO+ LCD at Best Buy. We all know that Best Buy is the destination for the latest cameras and camcorders, including the new GoPro HERO+ LCD. The new camera arrives in stores just in time for Father’s Day. So often fathers get the short end of the stick when it comes to photos and capturing memories. This is wrong. This Father’s Day, take time to make and create great memories that dad will treasure forever.
Once upon a time it was hard for regular people to capture memories. I remember Polaroid photos that you could see almost instantly, but the quality left much to be desired. Later I had a 35mm camera that was an improvement in quality, but even at its fastest, it was a few hours before you found out if you adequately captured the moment. Today it is easier to get point and shoot cameras with the LCD screen so you can see almost immediately if you need to try again to get the perfect shot.