“I see Junior.”
“You see Junior? Well, let me tell you what I see. I see pride! I see power! I see a bad-ass mother who don't take no crap off of nobody!”
This is an exchange from the movie, Cool Runnings.
Let me ask you a question…
Who hates who they see when they look in the mirror?
Let me ask another…
Who dislikes who they see when they look in the mirror?
Now, let me ask a third question…
Who tolerates who they see when they look in the mirror?
What’s beaten you up so much that you feel the way you do?
For crips it’s the freak show feeling we get when we’re out and all eyes are on us…especially if Joey and I show signs of affection like, say, kiss or a caress…you know, your standard couple stuff that everybody else does. When we’re out, we feel eyes watch as we do stuff our way to get straws open and in our cups, reach stuff. I don’t know about Joey, but I’ve had people even play chicken with me on the streets before. That’s just in public.
In our home, we get question why do this, that and the other. If it doesn’t make sense to them or we’re taking too long for whoever, we get, “Are you done yet?” Yeah, we get it, we do things different and slower. It works for us…it’s NOT your life.
We’ve got thick skin, but this shit grates, and brakes you down bit by bit.
Like Cool Runnings, when you look in the mirror, you need look in the mirror, and say “I see a bad-ass mother who don't take no crap off of nobody!”
And, mean it…and, love yourself every day, because there’s ONLY ONE YOU.
Be good to each other.
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