I am home unexpectedly helping my mom and I unearthed cherished relics from my grandmother, my mother, and me. 3 generations of strong, smart, liberal women. When I’m here in my Nana’s house, now my mom’s and the family homestead, I FEEL my roots deeply. I feel my tender hearted red head Papa who was the Dean of Education here at Penn State, my Democratic Chairwoman Nana whose name is tattooed to my arm, my deeply empathic and hilarious mom as a young girl growing up with three brothers. My grandparents marched in the civil rights marches, funded young women’s reproductive health, canned their own fruit, ran a tight ship and raised 4 kids on teachers salaries. Then they helped raise me like I was their own with so much love and respect. For today’s root chakra for @emayacircle #chakrachallenge I reflect on this collection of relics from 3 generations of strong women and I celebrate where I come from.
September 23, 2019