A Woman of Excellence Book Review

Book Review – Chapter 2: None Given

“Though she found him, her father was still absent. Her sorrow remained and the void had ‘no name.”

“Before I begin to read Chapter Two “None Given”, I’m overwhelmed with emotions as I didn’t know what to expect. It’s been 10 years and 2 months since “Ma” passed, and I’m saddened by the fact that it’s been that long, yet excited for the chance to revisit her existence as she was such a phenomenal woman whose light shined so bright.

As I began reading, the words on the paper were a blur from my tears flowing like a faucet. I had to pause and ask God to help me make sense of the words that I wanted to share…

After reading Chapter Two “None Given” my heart was heavy. I felt the sadness, the hurt and the heaviness of the words on the page. I felt “Ma’s” pain, her loneliness and desire to want to be a part of something that she never had. Then I realized that through her pain, she became the phenomenal woman that I loved so much. She had the gift to channel her pain to a place that benefited others never once letting on that she may have been hurting too and needing you as much as you needed her. She had such an addictive personality that you always wanted to be around her. She had a style like no other and to look at her was like looking at a Vogue magazine cover whether through her clothes or her home. She could decorate you or your home with the least, yet you always came out looking like a million bucks.

In closing, I’m so thankful and grateful to my sister in law Sheri for allowing me to reflect. It is because of her that I was able to cry, laugh and reflect on Ma’s life and death. While she may not physically be with us, she continues to live on in all of us that she touched.

The only “sorrow” is not in DeLorise but in the fact that DeLorise is no longer with us.”

-Cheryl Simmons

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