Feminine Friday: The Grimke Sisters

Friday, April 17, 2015

President Obama came to visit Charlotte this week to speak about many topics, including gender equality in the workplace.  One of my favorite parts of his speech was:

In terms of your daughters, look, you’ve got to remind your daughters that things aren’t always perfectly fair, but people who are determined can make them fair.  So the way things get better is by that next generation taking ownership and being inspired, and seeing their mom working a tough shift and then going out there and still rabble-rousing.  Ultimately, at some point, you guys are going to be in charge.  And so we want to not send a message to them that somehow they’re limited.  We want to tell them what I tell Malia and Sasha, which is, there’s nothing you can’t do.

And he’s right.  It’s up to us to change the story.  This reminded me so much of the Grimke sisters.  Sarah and Angelina Grimke were born the daughters of a wealthy slave owner in high society Charleston.  They were both vehemently opposed to slavery and started teaching the slaves to read and write behind the backs of their family.  Then when they were older, they both decided to leave the safety of their homes and move up North to speak out against slavery.  They were some of the first female abolitionists and suffragists and became prolific speakers of the movement.

After I learned about their story from the Invention of Wings (a mostly true account of their lives), all I could think to myself was my god is that terrifying.  To leave everything you have, every safety net and iota of comfort, to fight for something you believe in.  How terribly brave they were to break away against everything they’ve ever been told to do because they knew in their heart that they were meant to be something better.  It just made me think about how it seems like nowadays we are all so scared to take any big chances or risks at all even though this world is actually really not nearly as scary as we all seem to think it is.  These women didn’t even have the option of having a job because women weren’t really allowed to have jobs, but they still jumped head first into an unknown abyss.  We owe it to them and to us and to future little girls to stop being so scared of taking risks and to start pushing for what it is we really want.

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This is the Grimke house in Charleston, which you better believe I will be stopping by next time I’m in town.

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Meeting Zachary

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

For those of you who aren’t my Facebook or Instagram friends (if you want to choose one, choose Instagram because I am super boring on Facebook), here are a couple of portraits of the sweet Doll Family and little Zachary just weeks after he was born.  Worst run on sentence ever?  Maybe it’s time for a grammar class.  Anyway, move along if you don’t want to see an adorable baby.

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Favorite Pendants

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Hi friends!  Thank you so much for all of your kind words in response to the post on Thursday!  It means so much that you guys support me in my journey.

In less serious news, the world has some really pretty killer pendants right now.  Land of Nod in particular is really knocking my socks off with good looking pendants that are super inexpensive.  Unfortunately (or fortunately from the perspective of my bank account), I don’t really have any locations that need pendants right now.  Also, I still have two cheap flush mounts from Ikea that I purchased about two months ago and have yet to install in our upstairs hallway.  So it would be ridiculous for me to purchase more light fixtures that I have no intention of installing anytime soon.  But my loss is your gain because feast your eyes on these beauties.

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One – This one was really the whole reason for the post.  I was skimming through the Land of Nod catalog and I saw that this pendant was $49 and neither Catsley or I could believe it.  So good for so cheap.

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Shocked I tell you.

Two – Also Land of Nod.  Also awesome (and for $69.)  Copper is the new brass, don’t ya know.  But I still love brass obviously.  I’ll probably continue to love brass until way after it goes out of style and everyone else calls me dated but I don’t care.

Three – I might be cheating here because this is the same as one but in white.  I can’t help it because it’s so good.

FourThese are not cheap but I’m completely in love with them.  I love the Moravian Star option but go to the link to see the other shapes that are just as good.

Five – My first love was (and is) a simple globe pendant.  They are just so classic and pretty.

Ok so go shopping and tell me what you buy so I can be jealous.

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