Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Instagram Challenge Day 16 - Favorite Quote

Today we are suppose to show our favorite quote.  I have a friend back in North Carolina who faithfully collected quotes she liked.  In fact, I thought I had a quote file in a document, but couldn't locate it.  I toyed with the idea of Sojourner Truth's "ain't I a woman" speech she gave at a Women's Right rally in 1851.  I have always loved it and in case you don't know what I'm talking about, here is what she had to say....

Delivered 1851
Women's Convention, Akron, Ohio 
Well, children, where there is so much racket there must be something out of kilter. I think that 'twixt the negroes of the South and the women at the North, all talking about rights, the white men will be in a fix pretty soon. But what's all this here talking about?
That man over there says that women need to be helped into carriages, and lifted over ditches, and to have the best place everywhere. Nobody ever helps me into carriages, or over mud-puddles, or gives me any best place! And ain't I a woman? Look at me! Look at my arm! I have ploughed and planted, and gathered into barns, and no man could head me! And ain't I a woman? I could work as much and eat as much as a man - when I could get it - and bear the lash as well! And ain't I a woman? I have borne thirteen children, and seen most all sold off to slavery, and when I cried out with my mother's grief, none but Jesus heard me! And ain't I a woman?
Then they talk about this thing in the head; what's this they call it? [member of audience whispers, "intellect"] That's it, honey. What's that got to do with women's rights or negroes' rights? If my cup won't hold but a pint, and yours holds a quart, wouldn't you be mean not to let me have my little half measure full?
Then that little man in black there, he says women can't have as much rights as men, 'cause Christ wasn't a woman! Where did your Christ come from? Where did your Christ come from? From God and a woman! Man had nothing to do with Him.
If the first woman God ever made was strong enough to turn the world upside down all alone, these women together ought to be able to turn it back , and get it right side up again! And now they is asking to do it, the men better let them.
Obliged to you for hearing me, and now old Sojourner ain't got nothing more to say. 

But what has my heart at the present moment is the bumper sticker being used by the Montana Wilderness Association "Keep It Wild".  To me they are speaking to how I need to live my life, not necessarily keeping the wilderness wild.  It speaks to me about not following the 'norm' and being more courageous in how I live.  It tells me I need to start taking the next step and putting my writing, my art, my photography out there in the world, for better or for worse.
So, at least for today, "ain't I a woman keeping it wild!"

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