A Mother’s Worth…

…was in a tiny bottle elegant haze of deep, deep, blue brought back from her travels to France. Young as she was, married as she was to a hard-headed, too-self assured man, mother as she was to 4 back-to-back kids, she found herself in Paris all on her own by accident and she smiled, did not apologize as she left her husband behind in the airport because he thought she had his ticket, his passport; that she would carry him the way she carried her children’s coats, wiped their butts, remembered their shoe left here and the other there, kept the dog off the couch, draped and ironed sheets, cut the crust off bread and hid vitamins in everyone’s oatmeal because it was her job to be the doer holder getter rememberer even if she was a woman on her way to Paris. She left my father there sputtering in the airport.

She smiled and waved her white-gloved hand over her shoulder, said “See you later, dear. Catch up with me when you can.” In Paris along the narrow beauty of the old within the tiny cafes and shops for two whole days she carried her own coat and ate no oatmeal. I still have that tiny blue bottle of French perfume she found on that trip, the perfume that held the scent of what a woman can find on her own by accident in Paris.

NOTE: Traci Goudine (featured above w/ me) has been an amazing mentor and motivator by encouraging me to persue my writing. She has an extensive literary resume, amongst many other talents and is highly loved and respected beyond our community. As an amazing poet, I particularly enjoy her short stories based on her family and Native background as I feel like a member of her family while anxiously listening at her readings, which is why I often refer to her as auntie Traci. I’m not sure she’s even aware of how much she has inspired me, because regardless of the topic, I think of her with every word I write and hope to make her proud. I shared one of my favorite works of Trac’s featured in Ringing In The Wild, enjoy my friends!!

Published by 5thgenerationgirl

Tammy Wynette is a mother of three and a “G-MA” (grandma). Born in Warren, Arkansas, she currently resides in Sacramento, CA and is pursuing an AA degree in English at American River College, with plans to transfer to California State University, Sacramento (Sac State). She is an active leader and role model in her community, she works with teens sharing and teaching poetry, as well as providing insight for young parents to prosper. She has certificate from NAMI (The National Alliance on Mental Illness) and is a trailblazer & Griot, keeper of stories/traditions passed down from her ancestors. As an Author and motivational speaker it’d be an honor to present at your events to inspire, encourage & let our VOICES be heard! She has short stories and poems published in Our Black Mothers Brave, Bold and Beautiful!

34 thoughts on “A Mother’s Worth…

  1. What a beautiful tribute to someone so dear, so inspirational, and so influential to your life Tammy. Nowadays, we don’t find many people who truly touch our hearts in such a way that makes us feel like family, and that we are important through the eyes of love and an embrace of compassion. 💖🥰❤ Thank you for sharing an excerpt from Traci’s book about finding the opportunity to be free and then seizing the moment to take it!!! 🦋💐🦅

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    1. I learned so much from observing & her taking me under her wing. Whenever she’d invite me to an event, she’d say bring yours poems. She encouraged me to start sharing them in front of an audience. After watching her I few times, I knew I wanted to do the same.
      In my life, you & her are one in the same. I’m so blessed to have you both♥️

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      1. What an awesome blessing Tammy to have her come into your life just when you needed it. Doesn’t it feel good when someone offers you their hand to join them in something that is positively uplifting when you least expect it? 🤗🙏🏼💝

        I appreciate you putting me in the category with such an extraordinary soul, just like you. You are such a blessing, even more than you think. 😍 Stay the course QT and don’t get distracted by nothing or nobody. You’re getting there my dear! 😉👍🏼💃🏽 Enjoy the rest of this awesome day girlfriend. Keep shooting for the stars!!! 🌟🌠⭐

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      2. It’s means alot when I receive love from strangers especially not having that with much family, so I don’t take it lightly. You’ve encouraged me to do & be better in every aspect because that’s who YOU are as opposed to selfish reasons.
        Just an example of another one of those “little things” that I treasure & hope I can do for someone else what you’ve done for me as they pay it forward & so on. See what you started just by being fabulous ❣️

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      3. I am having a moment here Tammy. 🙏🏼 You done gone and got me verklempt girl! 😲

        I think God connects His children to a support system, even if it is one person, whom they need at that moment to encourage and inspire. Like Bill Withers sang, “We all need somebody to lean on,” even if that somebody is hundreds of miles away. 🤗 I think I go into different time zones through my life with my seasonal changes. But I thank God for introducing me to you, and to your world that is full with hope, promise, and achievement. 😍🌟💐 But girlfriend, you too continue to be inspired just as much as you inspire others. Hold fast to your dreams, spread your wings and soar girlfriend! 🦅 SOAR! 😊 God will place you in the right environment with the right people, and His timing is never late! Believe that! Now, where’s my Kleenex, cause you have started something! 😭 Hugs and smooches! 💋🤗😘

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