I was recently reminded of a speech given years ago by a lady representing an orphanage. She told many heartbreaking stories about children left alone without anyone to care for them, or love them. Although their future looked grim, she offered a ray of hope through her message. She said it isn’t so much the circumstances of a person’s life, but how that person chooses to deal with the circumstances. In other words, a person can wallow in self-pity or fight to make a better life.
Her words came back to me when I read a compelling novel by Kim Boykin, called THE WISDOM OF HAIR. It is about a young girl, just out of school, who leaves her dismal life in the mountains to make a new one in coastal South Carolina. Her mother is a drunk and a floozy, who has more time and affection for her collection of men than her own daughter. In a new town, Zora Adams enrolls in beauty school and is given free room and board in living quarters over a garage owned by a man with good looks, but a weakness for booze. In her new life, Zora makes a bad choice, but reverses course and becomes stronger for it. By the end of the story, she finds happiness and peace.
Like Zora, we all make bad choices and then we must deal with the consequences. I tell my children that the good thing about making mistakes is that we learn from them. Based on that, I should be very, very wise. Oh, well……
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