I just finished Song of Solomon by Toni Morrison, and although I have read many of her other works, this was the first time that I read this book. When I was done, I felt like something in me had cracked open.
Her words are beautiful even when the lives described are not. But there was one section that insisted I read it again and again, and it captured something I know to be true. I did not have sisters growing up, but I have so many women in my life that helped me, starting with my mother, including my daughter and other family and friends. There have been so many God-sent women that these are the words that demanded my attention:
“She needed what most colored girls needed: a chorus of mamas, grandmamas, aunts, cousins, sisters, neighbors, Sunday school teachers, best girl friends, and what all to give her the strength life demanded of her—and the humor with which to live it.”
I hope you have these kinds of women in your life, and that we can be these kinds of women for each other. And if you think these words are limited to the women in your life who look like you and come from your same experience, faith tradition, culture, or country, what a missed opportunity to encourage another woman who might need you in her chorus. The times call for it.