Women’s History Month continues! Shining Stars!
Let’s take a trip back in high school where we learned about the elements. No, not the band, but the Periodic Table of Elements.
In 1993 while in college I started reading zodiacs signs. I discovered how different months of birth were represented by categories ( the fire signs all have some element of “forcefulness” in them. The Earth signs are “practical and down-to-earth”. The Air signs are “thoughtful or intellectual”. And the water signs are “emotional”.)
- Earth represented things that were solid.
- Water represented things that were liquid.
- Fire represented things that destroy.
- Air represented things that moved.Void or Sky/Heaven represented things not of our everyday life.
Sitting here thinking about 4 shinning stars / women that influence me the most, and here is what I came up with based on those elements.
1.Odessa Thompson (Water) My childhood pastor. She was the community builder. Everyone knew her for creating something incredible out of nothing. She sold many things and encourage other women to do the same. Her spiritually was firm and the need to defend herself/beliefs weren’t necessary. She told my mom that I was going to be a blessing to my family.
2. Janie Lee Session Pressley (Earth) Oh my goodness, I learned so much from my mom. She was so perfect. She taught me unconditional love, how to be a wife and how to serve with a humble heart.
3. Laura (Wind) She is the only woman I know that has more children than myself.I remember visits to her home. She was always proud of all of her children. I’ve never seen a women happy to cook such large meals on a regular basis. To me, motherhood was the highlight of her life. She never complained. And I know it was hard because she did it alone. Today, her children are honoring her and she is enjoying every minute of it. The cries, hustle, sacrifice were worth it.
4. Renora Hyman (Fire) Talk about a woman that wore many hats. She told me the story about how she wanted to buy her 1st home. The realtor told her that she needed her husband to sing for the house. She walked out and 3 years later she walked into a different realtor office and walked out a homeower*. She finance other ventures as a chef. The best advice she ever gave me was to keep the balls empty and the belly full.
As you can see each of these women has impressed my life deeply. I am so proud of each of them and to this day I proudly accept lessons I’ve learned from each of them.
Well there you have it. If you want to understand women more, go elemental my dear!
See you at the Disney Jr. Prince and Princess show,