WRITTEN BY: SHEILA TOLLEY
Three score and ten years ago, my Mother brought forth into this world, a new baby…… Me……All I can say at this point is, “What A Ride!”
I wore…Go-Go Boots, Saddle Oxford and Penny Loafer shoes, Bell bottoms, Tie-Dye T-Shirts, Mini-skirts, Maxi-skirts, Tight Sweaters, Bulky Sweaters, Mood Rings, and Love Beads.
I owned a Barbie Doll, Black Light & Glow in the dark posters, Old Maid Cards, Slinky, Lava lamp, an Ouija Board, Pet Rock, Nancy Drew Books, Paper Dolls, Puzzles, an 8X10 Glossy Picture Of Elvis and a Rubik’s Cube.
I have modeled so many hair styles….including, but not limited to…..Teased & Sprayed, Flat & Dippity-Dood, Layered & Wind-Blown, Curly, Straight, Long, Short, Frosted, Tipped, Colored, Bleached and Streaked.
I have survived Hair Ironing, The Twist and Limbo, Ear Piercing, Fake Nails, Blind Dates, Jumping off the Flat Shoals Bridge and using a shampoo called “Gee, Your Hair Smells Terrific.”
I have driven behind hundreds of vehicles whose bumper sticker bragged about what they had on board (Baby On Board) while hundreds of others told me when they applied their brakes (I Brake for Unicorns, Railroad Tracks, etc). We all remember the most disgusting bumper sticker from yesteryear, the one that was eventually banned because it informed us that SHIT HAPPENS. Not to be outdone, the bumper sticker genius’s replaced it with Doo Doo Happens. My Other Car Is A Porsche, Mercedes, etc., remember those? Of that group, I liked the bumper sticker that read “My Other Car Is Also A Piece Of Junk.”
I have lived through Segregations, Integrations and Liberations. I watched as a Gold Metal Olympic Winner morphed from Bruce Jenner into Caitlyn Jenner. I have wondered how Elizabeth Warren could be a part-time Native American and a Caucasian woman, Rachel Dolezal, could trick the NAACP into thinking she was an African-American.
In my America, I have watched as massive demonstrations take place in defense of Gun Control, Defunding The Police, Abortions, Illegal Immigrants, Women, African Americans, Animals, LGBTQ, Black Lives Matter and Muslims. In fact, there are only two groups that are not defended in America today…..
White Men and White Rats.