When my daughter Taylor was about 5 years old, I'd climb into bed with her every night for months in our little railroad apartment in Rochester, NY and read her the Harriet Tubman Story. The kid had a thing for Harriet, and I had no idea why.
One of my fondest memories was the day she came home from having a picnic with her father from on the lawn of the Harriet Tubman House. I was still perplexed by the obsession, but I went with it. By 4th grade, she'd written essays about Harriet and how she saved the lives of slaves on the Underground Railroad, and then she discovered Maya Angelou, so I began seeing a spectrum in her kailedescope of women who were about truth, change, chance and doing the next right thing in this world.
While I don't know if I could ever endure the lives of truly heroic women like Harriet, Maya and countless others, I know that I have attracted them along my path, and most of them have stuck with me in a ride or die kind of way. They are my sisters.
Growing up without true siblings, and also being an upstream swimmer, I'd have to say some of the most endearing and incredibly encouraging women have become my sisters. None of them have lived life in a "conventional" way, but have managed to build a legacy for themselves through their lives on this earth. Much like me, they weren't always very "well-behaved." They challenged systems, pushed envelopes, and when they were trying to correct the wrongs of this world, could be fairly ferocious and determined.
Lately, I've called on my circle of sisters in a way that I've never done before. While facing the uncertainty of being a creative who happened upon entrepreneurship, and the deep challenges that lie within my family history, they've been there for me. They've prayed, cheered, and probably been a little pissed off and might have even intentionally dropped a call or two, but they are always there. I have done the same for them along this road that we've danced, disrupted and misbehaved down together. So this blog is dedicated to my circle of ya-ya, you know who you are.
"Well-behaved women seldom make history."- Laurel Thatcher Ulrich