Nana to everyone even -I when referring to her (and more importantly "Mommy”) entered the world Nov 7, 1943.
She was born in Pittsburgh but raised in Harlem, New York after her mother died when she was only three. Her aunts did not appreciate the extra mouth and took every occasion to tell her so.
It broke my heart when she told me of these stories and I think because of that I tried to over- love her to make up for the childhood she never really had.
"Why Not me"
Thirty six years later she posed me in the exact same pose!
~Thoughts on Life~
"If you look at a mistake as an experience you will have no regrets"
~Never Give Up~
Charlotte became a mother at sixteen and had four children by the age of twenty. She put her education on hold to raise her babies but as soon as she was able, she went back to school.
Side by side, we went to school together for most of my life (I am the fifth and youngest child). It took her almost fifteen years to finish her education however; I am proud to say that she not only finished her B.A degree (2000) she also obtained her Master's degree (2003). In 2006, she was promoted to Team Manager/ Supervisor with her company!
~As I make my exit~
"There is no reason to fear death because we were all born to die. By Jehovah’s grace we are fulfilled when it's time to go"
~See You Later Mommy~
We never liked to say goodbye because it always seemed so final. It was an honor and a privilege to know this woman for 29 years. She was the most amazing, loving, caring, honest, women I have ever known. She loved me unconditionally, and with all she had.
I lived to make her proud not because I had to but, because it made me feel good to know that she was proud of me. I can only hope that one day I am blessed to become half of the women that she was!
~REST IN PEACE MY ANGEL~