Friday, July 12, 2013
I am a black woman with a baby and without a man. This does not mean I am not savvy or not sophisticated. I had Belle at thirty-five, not fifteen. The life I had before Belle included a Catholic upbringing, a twelve year Catholic school education, a university degree, an inheritance, a trip to Europe, a very brief acting career, professional certificates, property management and a move. I have led a rich and varied life. It saddens me when people make assumptions based on looks and profiles. It should not surprise anyone that I went farther than high school. Eyes should not glaze over when I introduce myself as a hypnotherapist. Unfortunately, I live in a world where I am seen as the maid or a resident of a program in my own home. I could not possibly be who I say I am because I am a black woman with a baby and without a man, and yet I am.