This is a Wonderful Day!
I admit to some anxiety today with me on The Oprah Show sharing about the most painful struggle of my life...losing 160 pounds physically and emotionally. So of course what does this confident 47 year old woman do? She calls her mother. My mother has a way of making everything seem alright; and she didn't disappoint today.
It seems today is a big day for our family all around. My mom told me that my 8 year old nephew Tyson has a project due in school and he has to make an oral presentation to the class about it today. The assignment was to pick a famous person who inspires you. My family takes education seriously, so of course my father, "Pop Pop", my mother "Nana" and of course my sister, brother-in-law and older nephew Terrell all weighed in on who should be Tyson's choice. According to my mother, she suggested Rosa Parks. I'm not sure who the rest of the family suggested; but Tyson had his own ideas. Mom said Tyson's response was clear. "Nana, " he said, "the assignment is to highlight my favorite famous person...and that is my Auntie Star."
Yep...I cried this morning. I am thrilled and honored to tell my story on Oprah this afternoon, but I realized at that moment listening to my mother that I didn't need to seek approval or respect or understanding from anyone. I already have it from the people who love me the most.
So this is a wonderful day for me. Not because I'm going to share a couch with my favorite famous person; but because a child that I love with all my heart says that I'm his. It doesn't get any better than that!