Dr. Lindamichellebaron is a poet, playwright, educator, scholar, performing artist and an associate professor at York College, CUNY. Lindamichelle Baron received her graduate degrees from Columbia University’s Teachers College.
A Dream That Was Not Deferred
To many friends, acquaintances and family, this just didn’t compute. How does a woman complete four years of undergraduate school preparing for law school; three years in law school; pass the New York State bar; then after decades as a highly regarded practicing attorney in her own law firm decide to open a restaurant? I was impressed. The truth is… dreams happen. Dreams…we hold ‘em. Sometimes we can decide to just play the reality we have been dealt or have dealt ourselves. At some point we may have a change of heart and decide to play a new game with a brand-new deck. Eventually, we may have to fold ‘em. Life can take us through the whole process. Win, lose or draw, the process makes life worth living.
This is the Way
Why didn’t he just tell me he had lost his job? I don’t get it. Had I known I would not have arranged for a contractor to convert our attic into my own personal boutique. We certainly don’t need a converted attic in a house where we can’t pay the mortgage. It was a great idea, though. It wasn’t cheap, but I figured It would save money in the long run. I actually got the idea from, of all places, a Weight Watchers’ consultant. I have no idea why she shared the story with the early morning group about how she reconstructed her attic into a boutique. I guess she had a wide range of clothes and accessories after her extreme weight loss. At some point she was organizing her closets and dresser draws and realized she had two of too many things. She had so much she couldn’t find what she wanted to wear when she wanted it wear it. So, she would buy the same thing or something similar…again, and sometimes again. Sound familiar? Well it did to me. I was intrigued.