(the relentless power of Grief, Grace & Grit)
Written by VersAnnette Blackman-Bosia
When little girls have imagination, they see the world as upside down. They walk for miles without stopping, all the while seeing everything around them as story; a means to an end, a journey to take. They think about walking on the ceiling, they lie on their backs in the grass feeling connected to blue skies.
From her bedroom window, she will stare at butterflies, wondering just how it is they make being free look so easy. From her front porch, she’ll sit comfy in a chair alone for hours, envisioning the kind of powerful woman she’ll become. She’ll look out towards the city skyline, pretending she can fly there in an instant.
Some little girls will believe strongly in things they can’t see, and will learn to rely on the comfort of what is most intangible. She will develop an ear for the affirming sounds of nature, the stillness that brings peace to the spirit she hasn’t fully discovered.
Some little girls will become their own superhero, when Superman and Mighty Mouse don’t quite come to life outside the television screen, when Daddy has hurt Mommy so much that he now has to move away, when the eldest brother has hurt someone else’s child and now has to go to prison, and then the brother she trusts the most chooses to leave her to go fight in a war, to protect a country that has never protected them.
And finally she realizes that she’s got to save herself, she’s gotta be a big girl despite how scary it all feels, despite not knowing who can keep her safe.