Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Reflecting on International Women's Day & A Day Without Women

Today I spent most of the afternoon back at Wellesley College and with the sunny weather nearing 60 degrees it was perfection. 

Heading into International Women's Day I prepared myself for foolishness and posted this on my personal Facebook wall yesterday:

Thankfully I only had to unfollow 1 person due to their shenanigans, so it wasn't too bad! I had joked with Uka when I woke up before Grayson this morning that I was going to hide in the closet and when he finally woke up and called for me to make him breakfast that I'd tell him, "Sorry lil man! You're on your own today!"

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Seriously though, in years past I admit I wasn't really aware of International Women's Day, but obviously with the current state of affairs the general consciousness is elevated. I've learned a bit myself today including the fact that it was originally mostly a Russian-celebrated holiday.  

After spending the afternoon at Wellesley I headed home to get Nia from school, we had a stop at the library before her piano lesson then I had cousin time checking out a pre-screening of Gifted featuring Octavia Spencer. It was an excellent film that resonated with me as I'm going through education decisions with Nia and Grayson now that he's about to star pre-K this fall. 

Chatting with my cousin on the ride home made me reflect on my grandmothers and my responsibility to carry on their legacies. 

With my maternal and paternal grandmothers in 2007
"The fact that the adult American Negro female emerges a formidable character is often met with amazement, distaste and even belligerence. It is seldom accepted as an inevitable outcome of the struggle won by survivors, and deserves respect if not enthusiastic acceptance." ~ Maya Angelou ~