"The Tutu" by Sunny Nash

Sunny Nash
Posted October 30, 2021 from United States

In this post, Sunny Nash reads an excerpt from her nonfiction book, Bigmama Didn't Shop At Woolworth's about life with her part-Comanche grandmother during the Civil Rights Movement. The excerpt is from "The Tutu."

Not having much money never deterred my mother, the daughter of Bigmama, from pushing me in directions that I opposed at first. But my opposition mattered not to either of those women when it came to doing something they considered a worthwhile endeavor, not only for me, but for themselves, as well.

"You're doing this," my mother said. "You can say how much you hate it afterwards." Usually, after trying her well-planned, new-fangled idea, I saw the merit in it. 

This story was submitted in response to Healing through Art.

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Paulina Nayra
Oct 31
Oct 31

Dear Sunny,
You have the privilege of having a Mom who wants to bring out the best in you to maximize your potentials. Thank you for sharing us an excerpt of your book. I can imagine the tutu. What’s the color of the Tutu? I love the title of the book, too.
Huggs.

Sunny Nash
Nov 01
Nov 01

Hi, Paulina! The tutu is pink. Yes, Mom had a way of showing me the way, which I nearly always resisted at first. The title of the book refers to Mom's mother, my grandmother, who always told the story about the old Woolworth's five & dime store that sold lower quality products than you could find in the garbage! Thank you for getting in touch!
Sunny

Beth Lacey
Nov 01
Nov 01

This is great to listen to. Your mother is quite the force of nature.

Sunny Nash
Nov 01
Nov 01

My mother was truly a force of nature, whom I mostly resisted, at first, until I looked over the brink and was about to fall. Thanks for your kind words.

ARREY- ECHI
Nov 15
Nov 15

Dear Sunny,
That is some very captivating title for a book. I wish it was that easy to buy from here, I could gladly have bought one.
The last line is usually so true for many of us. We usually only get to see the merit in something our mothers especially wanted us to do only after.

Sending you hugs and light from Cameroon.

Sunny Nash
Nov 15
Nov 15

Thank you so much Arrey.
Your appreciation of my work is very moving. I am certain that I am meant to speak to you. Thank you for hearing. Your message has given me a great idea! I will start soon to post text and audio excerpts from my book, Bigmama Didn't Shop At Woolworth's, here on World Pulse so that you and others who may have difficulty acquiring the book to receive periodic content from the book.
Thank you,
Thank you,
Thank you,
Sunny.