Maya Angelou understood grandparenting. In her book, I know why the caged bird sings, she wrote how she was brought up principally by her grandma from the age of 3. It’s a lyrical book despite the brutal realities of Dr Angelou’s searing experience as a child in Arkansas, USA.
Why is it my favourite quote?
Possibly because Maya Angelou is one of my favourite writers. She was a dancer, singer, teacher, poet, and many other things in her rich and varied life. Horrendous things happened, including a 4 year search of her kidnapped grandson, yet these did not embitter her. Her life was shaped by love, of truth, for her family, of others.
Another quote which appeals …
The thing to do, it seems to me, is to prepare yourself so you can be a rainbow in somebody else’s cloud. Someone who may not look like you. May not call God the same name you call God – if they call God at all. I may not dance your dances or speak your language. But be a blessing to somebody. That’s what I think.