Wednesday = pressure, so I can’t stay long this morning. Like Vanessa Williams, I got work to do!
But I just wanted to take a moment to thank you ladies who comment and help to create this wonderful community we’ve got going here. And I’m not the only one who wants to say thank you!
First, I got a lovely e mail from Oretta of the last Ask Afrobella question. I’ll quote part of what she said here.
“This has been a great but kinda lonely journey and that is why I was so happy to read your response. I was beginning to fall into despair. Before I was laid off I was listening to The Secret and I was reminded of The Oprah Show. There was a young lady on the show that was fired and Oprah said to her that the only response that she should have told her boss is “Thank You”. Though I was not fired I will still say â€œThank Youâ€ because this is a truly character building experience.
I love your blog because look at how many wonderful people commented on this topic. I know that there are many people that are out there and they are in jobs that they profusely dislike. And for a long time that was me until I found the job that I really liked and was laid off. This experience has taught me that you canâ€™t put all of your eggs in one basket… I think that this is a great forum for intellectual women of color to get our points across and doing it in a way that we help one another.”
Oretta also let me know that she will start substitute teaching soon, and she’s already into journaling. And she is so right — your comments were so helpful and smart and nourishing. I swear, I learn something new from you bellas every day.
I also spoke to my relative last night, she had just listened to my NPR interview and was so excited about that. (me too!!! I got phone calls from people I work with who don’t even read Afrobella. It was truly awesome). She was absolutely amazed by your feedback, and awed by the range of responses — in terms of age, geography, and experience. She said to tell you all thank you so much for your kind words.
Last night she was in great spirits, and declared that life is a gift. And she wants to keep her gift, thank you very much! So she’s feeling a lot stronger and more confident. And you have something to do with that. From the bottom of my heart, I thank you all for your response and prayers for my family. It really means a lot to me.
I gotta go right now, but I’ll be back later with lots of fabulous breast cancer awareness products, and the follow-up to yesterday’s post on locks!