I am Eastern and Western Cherokee, in the past, Native Americans did not want their pictures taken, now I know why. One day when I was in the Inglewood, California Public Library, I was looking at The Harper Collins Dictionary of Biography, I was reading about Elizabeth Garrett Anderson and when I saw a picture of her, I felt a lot of her pain, she was denied entry into Medical School, she studied at home and became the “First Women to Qualify in Medicine in England.” She is a English Physician.
Her story reminds me of Nodia Comainch. When I was young, I took ballet, tap, toe, jazz, and gymnastics. The first Romanian Olympic Gymnastics Team only had two members and no practice area. When Romania was called, the Coach told Nodia to “Go”, she is the “first person to get a perfect 10 in the history of Olympics Gymnastics”. There was no place for a 1 (one) 0 (zero), her score was so perfect it looked like the lowest score, a 10.00 looked kike a 1.00.
It is difficult being an older sister with gifts that allow you to see hurts and life lessens that my cause pain. I worked with “at risk” youth for years. To me “at risk” means, at risk to not living up to your full potential. My parents paid for most of my education and I graduated high school at 16 years old. At one time I was “at risk” to not live up to my full potential. People took time and allowed me to learn in the least harmful environment. I am happy that I worked and still work hard to set a “good example” for my younger siblings and cousins. And I thank them for allowing me to be a part of their lives and respecting the decisions that I have made in my life.