Battle Cry

Table situation since returning from DC looks like this-

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To “keep on keeping on” (my therapist’s words of encouragement when shoving my arm through the most blinding of pain last year), I tell myself, You Will Be Here, Soon.

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Soon.

When you come, it is not possible for me to write.  You occupy too much space.  You obliterate, thoughts.

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In you, there is shelter.  This time next week, you will be here.  I will curl against you, seek, rest.

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***

Mid-week I received a boost.  I passed my textiles test!  The test in which the only swatches of fabric I recognized were, lame ( I love you), and tweed ( I love you more).  Then I spent 4 hours trying to stitch one of the ties to the elusive apron, only to butcher it.  The fabric kept shredding, my stitches a sight of misery, no matter how many times I began again, and again.

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My mom asked me if I am the oldest student in my class.

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Absolutely.  It’s a small class; half of whom are my daughter’s age.

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I watched Michelle’s speech.  It made me cry.  If you are a mother with a daughter, you would understand, how hard it already is to be a girl, how the first lesson you want to instill in your daughter is that of self-worth; how you try to do everything you can to protect her from harm, and all the lessons you try to teach about respect, about dignity.

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I wish I had the right to vote.  I would vote for the candidate that has kept dignified and composed through this mess.

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A class reading on modesty in dress, head coverings, and the role of uniforms directed memory.  2 years ago, a very special young woman was invited to my daughter’s school.

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Here are the faces of young women with courage and dreams.  One has already blazed, blazed a path, a highway!  Look carefully, and find, the mothers, wives, friends, aunts, lovers they will become.  It’s an inspiring picture for me.

When God gives you a daughter, you don’t ever quit because your daughter fuels you with a sense of invincibility.  As I thought then, I still think now- the only way to teach a girl her true potential, is to work at realizing yours.

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  • Bruno was photographed at The Jefferson Hotel (dog-friendly with a cleaning fee), 1200 16th NW, Washington DC
  • Dr Chan was photographed at Le Jules Verne, Eiffel Tower, Avenue Gustave Eiffel, 7500 Paris

2 thoughts on “Battle Cry

  1. Hi Tammy,
    I’m glad that you had a good day with your textiles test.
    Thank you for sharing your thoughts on being a mother to a daughter, I think those words ring true–” the only way to teach a girl her true potential, is to work at realizing yours.”
    I shall remember this when I get tired and want to just hibernate for a year. But time is ticking and my daughter is watching.
    Ebi

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