(August 4, 1928 – May 28, 2014)
(August 4, 1928 – May 28, 2014)
This week, for Writers Quote Wednesday 2015, I selected a quote by Maya Angelou.
For Writer’s Quote Wednesday 2015, this week, I selected a quote by Maya Angelou.
Thanks to SilverThreading for the open invite to take part in her new blogging event, Writer’s Quote Wednesday.
Maya Angelou is one of my most, most favorite authors. She has been with me for more years than many of my friends. Her writing has influenced and guided me in so many ways during both the highs and lows of living.
In those times when I feel defeated, reading a passage from one of Maya’s books, poems or quotes motivates me to never give up and be defeated.
Toy I Wanted
Out of MAMA’s Reach
I still recall the tears shed those many years ago when MAMA said I wouldn’t get anything for Christmas. Instead Kris Kringle was bringing my presents on New Year’s Day. She explained the money set aside for Christmas gifts would buy things for the new baby on the way. Mind you, it wasn’t her new baby.
Earlier in the year MAMA extended a helping hand to a niece who had recently separated from her husband. Pregnant with two toddlers, she moved into our four-room apartment. Our family of two increased to five. And, on December 11, the new baby boy arrived. Now, we were a family of six. The sole source of income for the entire household was MAMA’s salary. MAMA and I, a family of two, had struggled for years to survive on the meager wages she earned. But, she found ways to stretch the money to provide room and board for family members in need of help.
On Christmas Day my three girlfriends got kid-sized dolls. I was a little jealous and my friends tried to cheer ME up saying, “Kris Kringle will bring your doll next week.”
The Greatest Gift
On January 1, New Year’s Day, Kris Kringle arrived with a small-sized baby doll and other toys. While I didn’t get the kid-sized doll, I was gifted with two toddlers to play with and a new baby boy to hug and cuddle.
MY friends after a while tired of the kid-sized dolls. They visited almost everyday to play with ME and MY three little cousins,
I am grateful to MAMA for teaching ME at an early age to value the “Gift of Giving.” The quality of MY life is enhanced when I can make a difference in the lives of others.
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