But now what was I going to do with all this chicken?
(Yes, I am still very ashamed of my actions. Y’all stop looking at me like that.)
She will give you all the rope that you need to play cowboy.
When my Mama is fed up.
It is about to go down.
But she couldn’t.
She will happily tell the whole world. Like to hear it, here it go:
Shopping Network on TV: “Do you know a Tonya G Prince?
We give freely to one another.
I give too.
Mama acknowledged my point, gave me that point, and thanked me kindly.
The one that I heard growing up. “No Charge”.
It was then that I realized that I was being ungrateful.
I lost my beloved spirit of gratitude.
It wasn’t a bad thing that I did.
Anger is a human, normal and natural response to injustice/evil.
The good ones were so far in the back of my head, I couldn’t even recall them on the spot.
It was as if it would take me a bit to access them.
When I was a little girl I used to watch some of the elders in our family make quilts. The quilts were patches of fabric from everywhere and anywhere.
That piece might be right next a piece of fabric from an old ripped blouse that never did fit quite right.
The next piece could be from an itchy Easter dress that some precious child had worn in church on a day that seemed like it would never end. And all because of that doggone itchy dress.
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“We’ve been there, experienced that. Trauma, Pain, Abuse & Rape. These are the lessons that we brought back.”
–Tonya GJ Prince has been a leading subject matter expert (SME) in domestic violence and sexual violence.
For over 25 years she has helped people heal, prevent, and overcome domestic and sexual violence.
In order to accomplish this mission, she founded several diverse & inclusive platforms designed to allow Survivors to use their own voices including;
WESurviveAbuse.com, SurvivorAffirmations.com, & BraidtheLadder.org.
Tonya is an author, activist, advocate, Survivor, speaker, counselor, & mentor.
B.S. Organizational Management & Development/Bluefield College
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