"I was a dental student when I found out I was pregnant for the first time. I was so happy and excited at the prospect of becoming a mom for the first time, but also nervous and apprehensive of bringing an entire human life into the world. And not just any human life but a black human life in America."
This is an except from a the book pictured above. I am once again a published contributing author! All thanks to my good friend Kenesma John, an author, educator, scholar, and business owner who has compiled "Through Her Eyes: The Untold Stories of Black Motherhood."
It’s rare to get the opportunity to share our stories. We’ve all been through so much and our stories matter. They illuminate to others your personal struggles and triumphs, highs and lows, all to inspire and educate. So when Kenesma invited me to share my story as a black mother, I was so excited.
My motherhood journey began with me getting pregnant as a dental student in a long distance marriage and transitions until present day with two toddlers growing and keeping me busy as I raise them and teach them.
If you turn to my chapter of the book, you’ll read on my determination to teach my daughter just how beautiful and valuable she is and to teach my son to walk into every space with confidence and assurance of who he is.
Here's one except from my chapter in the book:
"Being a black mother means raising my kids to love and appreciate the color of their skin... They’re still so young, but I know that the foundation I have set for them now will influence them in their futures. I’m constantly pouring into them and building them up so that one day they can walk into any space with confidence and grace. I would tell any future black mother to hold her head up high and to teach her children to truly love themselves and others."
Hear more about my story and the stories of so many other black mom’s in Kenesma's new book. This will truly open your eyes to what others have been through and the black experience. 🤎
Author - Beryl
Beryl has a passion for writing pieces that uplift, inspire, and encourage you to bloom. She's been blogging since October 2018.