Wednesday, May 7, 2014
The Undiscovered Country - REDUX
Quote: Never limit yourself because of others' limited imagination; never limit others because of your own limited imagination. - Mae Jemison
Perspective: I have a fear of airplane travel. I do travel. I’ve been to 16 states in the US (including Hawaii; see pix above), Canada, and the Caribbean. All via airplane. My mother is even more fearful of flying than me. She hasn’t traveled by plane since the 1970s. When I travel, she prays for me – constantly. Yes, I’m grateful. Unfortunately, she panics until I call her when I de-plane.
My grandmother’s phobia was more acute!! She was born in the West Indies. When she was a toddler, she witnessed a volcanic eruption. Even though the family was able to flee to a nearby island, she never forgot the smell and the horror. This scarred her. She often spoke of air travel negatively and rarely traveled.
When I was a teenager, I didn’t want to be ANYTHING like either one of them.
My grandmother moved from the West Indies to NYC in the 1910s. Newly married and pregnant, she was able to run a house, a farm, and few of my grandfather’s businesses. Over the course of the next 55 years, she was able to raise 7 children and one grandchild in the suburbs of NYC. No small feat!!! I can imagine how my mother and her siblings (my aunts and uncles) may have given her challenges. She was a lovely, quiet, dynamic woman. She passed away in 1969.
My mother was the first girl in the family to graduate from high school AND attend a higher institution (secretary school). My mother worked as a secretary in several jobs from the 1950s until she retired in the 1990s. She raised two crazy children (my brother and I), kept 3 different homes afloat, volunteered in church, and nursed my father until he died in 2005. My mother is 86 years old.
I’ve changed my mind; I want to be JUST LIKE THEM!!!
Call to Action: You’re standing on a precipice of the Grand Canyon. Take a deep deep breath. What is possible now?
(happy birthday grandma!!)
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