The passing of our beloved Dr. Maya Angelou has been trending all over social media. She was held in the highest regard by so many people around the world. I’ve seen so many beautiful tributes to her on blogs, in news articles and on television. I did not post anything on my blog because I thought there was nothing more that I could add that has not already been said.
Friday was my last day of work. I spent most of the day cleaning out my office and packing things up. I came across my copy of Dr. Maya Angelou’s Phenomenal Woman which included Four Poems Celebrating Women. I read a few lines to my co-worker and she smiled and said “Maya Angelou”. She knew exactly who the author was.
I packed it in my box and brought it home. As I was sitting at home, something triggered my thoughts of Dr. Angelou again. Perhaps it was another article I read on-line about her passing. In any case, I realized my kids may not know Dr. Angelou, and this was as good a time as any to talk to them about her contributions to the world. My 12-year-old daughter is a great writer, and plans to write a children’s book. I called them in and shared some notable facts about Dr. Angelou along with a photo of her.
I decided to read two of her poems to my son and daughter. I read Phenomenal Woman and Still I Rise. I wanted them to hear just how awesome she was, so I really gave it my all as if I were on Broadway. I read with inflection and even swung my hips once or twice just for effect. They were grinning and smiling the entire time. I’m sure they were thinking, “what in the world is she doing.”
After I finished, my daughter and I agreed both poems make you feel good inside and out. You can’t help but feel more confident like you can conquer the world.
Just as she taught us, I am teaching my children. Teachable moments are meant to be created and used as they arise.
She left us with thought-provoking inspiration and encouragement. Her words taught us to be bold, persistent and loving all at the same time. Her legacy will live on forever.
Thank you for showing us what it means to give it all you’ve got.
Peace and Blessings,