If my granny (Eloise Roberson) was still alive Friday would have been her 90th birthday. Eloise was a force! You always knew where she still on something. She birthed and raised 9 children not to mention all of the grandchildren she helped to raise, me included. My parents were 15 when I was born so I went to her home straight from the hospital. In some ways my grandparents were more like my parents than my parents were. From my granny, from this family I have learned what love feels like, what family does, and what ritual means.
"Finally we arrived home. when we stepped in the door I knew everyone knew. The whole family was sitting around the dinning room table. That was the first time I had realized that this was a family problem not a personal problem all our lives had changed that day."
-Patricia Roberson (My mother)
My mother wrote the statement above about her family finding out that she was pregnant with me. I realize now that from before I was born I was steeped in community. So when the family texts started coming through my phone with Happy birthday messages in honor of what would have been my granny's 90th birthday I was delighted but not surprised.
1st I should tell you that my grandmother loved Pepsi. So in honor of her here is what was shared in our family text.
I love these people and this family. So much of who they are, who we are is infused in everything I do and in all that I am. Thank you Eloise for your legacy. Thank you for living a life of love.
Thank you for teaching me:
As a girl I should always have a little money in my pocket
How to cook amazing fried chicken and soulful sweet potato pie
To buy good paper towels (Bounty) and good toilet paper (Charmin)
To always put smell good on and never forget your pretty box
And to fly with the eagles and not to walk with the turkeys
I miss you. I love you. And I hope my life honors you.