My introduction into this ordinal world was met with much fanfare and anticipation. I was the first child, first grandchild on my mother’s side and the first granddaughter on my father’s side. I think this maybe the reason why I like being first? To say that I was spoiled would be a gross understatement. My parents adored me and so did my grandparents, aunts and uncles. I often recall them telling me numerous times how my mother was adamant about all things Tamara.
She was very particular about who I stayed with and what I wore. I understand that I had all the cutest dresses a little girl could want. For me, the unfortunate thing is my mother had very few pictures of her and I. Being the oldest child, I was expecting to have more pictures that represented our short two years alone. To this day, I only have one picture of my mother and me when I was a toddler. Whenever I come across this picture, I instantly find myself staring at it in amazement and admiration.
The picture represents a bond that at times can’t be explained and a mutual support between a mother and her daughter. My mother was seated and with one of her arms holding me up as I attempted to walk. I know that I’m not there yet, as I’m stylishly wearing those hideous white baby walking shoes. However, I must say she did an awesome job of putting me together. As I looked stinkin cute in my blue swing dress with the white lace collar. Lol
My introduction, everyone’s introduction into the world is essential. It contains the keys to the kingdom. This is why I’m so infatuated with any old pictures I can get my hands on. The same old stories, memories and broken promises represent who we are underneath the perfume, clothing, glitter and fake smiles.
I have come to recognize a few things about life. When it offers any sort of strife or discomfort, we shy away from it and prefer to keep it locked up. Well, I have made the conscious decision to begin digging deeper into my life from the beginning to now. Asking difficult questions, not walking away from things that may hurt. Pain isn’t always a bad thing. It’s about determining ways it can catapult us to another level of greatness!
I invite you to come along with MEE as I search, uncover and embrace all of my life. Oprah says it best, “once you realize why you are here, and then you can get to the business of doing just that”. I want to get to the business of fulfilling my individual mission in life. I know that who I am and what I’m here to share is real. I’m excited for the challenges, opportunities and most importantly the freedom to be…MEE!
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