In case you never thought about it, we celebrate our first birthday on the first anniversary of the day we were born. So today I celebrate the 69th anniversary of the day I was born which means I have already completed 69 years of life and I am entering my 70th year. To God be all the glory!
In my 69 years I have seen so much history unfold that today’s children will only read about in books. I remember going to segregated schools, movies and restaurants. I remember sitting in the back of city busses, not realizing that I HAD to sit back there. I remember watching President Kennedy’s funeral on a little black and white tv with my Grandmother. I remember participating in a civil rights march in downtown Memphis as a teenager and being tear gassed just for being there.
Other memories are more personal. I remember growing up in circumstances so poor that we did not even own a car – so I remember walking to Cummings elementary school and to St. Paul Baptist Church. I remember the pain of being ridiculed for being the “fat kid” in junior high school. I remember having my dreams of being a writer crushed by not getting a spot on my high school newspaper staff in spite of being a straight A student. I remember being made to feel as if I did not deserve my entrance into Washington University because affirmative action allowed me to “steal a spot” from a white student. I remember being the first college graduate in my family. I remember feeling out of place in a medical school class where only one other student was black and female! I could go on and on.
The fact that this chubby little black girl from South Memphis has been a been in private practice as a physician for nearly 40 years is nothing short of a miracle. Every time God closed a door, he opened another one! Proverbs 16:9 says “We can make our plans, but the Lord determines our steps.” Every morning I wake up grateful to God for ordering my steps and for getting to live another day of this remarkably blessed life. I cannot thank Him enough! As Jill Scott would say, I am “representing His glory, hope He’s proud of me.”#blessed #livinmylifelikeit’sGolden
“Dear friend, I hope all is well with you and that you are as healthy in body as you are strong in spirit.” 3 John 1:2 NLT
Awesome!! I have had many conversations about birthdays being the end of that year vs the beginning. Love the synchronicity!! Congrats on a successful 69 years and may you be blessed with many more!!
Dr Moore you are definitely the personification of the phrase “Black Girl Magic” and you wear it so well! Keep on Keeping on!!!