Aunt Baby and Alvin Wesley

Aunt Baby and Alvin Wesley
Reasons I Smile...

Wednesday, March 20, 2013


I am beautiful,
And so are you, my dear friend,
Inside and outside.
A smile we can share,
Family, friends and nature,
Common ties we have.
To learn and respect
Our differences, we can
Even more beauty make.
Christine Aguilera:  Beautiful
Today I received a student paper from a nurse who is a single Mother of a sweet little three year old girl. The paper is beautiful, written from the heart and just a little late.  Considering all this woman juggles, that is no big deal.
I got the following note, along with her paper:
Hi Maria,
I cannot explain how many tears I have had taking this class. It made me notice I have to focus on me and it made me realize how much resentment I have towards myself.  Forgiving myself is one of the hardest things I have to do...thank you for helping me realize that.  This was an AHA moment.
Thanks for everything. _____
We are all so beautiful in our fragility, our vulnerability and our possibility.  I am grateful that I was able to remind this beautiful and strong young woman of her worth.
True beauty is natural, authentic and honorable.  True beauty does the right thing, no matter what.  True beauty radiates strength from within.
"We delight in the beauty of the butterfly, but rarely admit the changes it has gone through to achieve that beauty."  (Maya Angelou)


  1. What a beautiful blog with the most inspiring message. This quote by Maya Angelou is a stunner.

    In all honesty, Maria, after being your sista in Cyberspace for 'ages', I have to attest with my hand on my heart that YOU ARE true beauty - natural, authentic and honorable, doing the right thing no matter what. YOU do radiate strength. Above all you radiate Love and Support :)

  2. I've said it before and I'll say it again...your students are so blessed to have you as their teacher. Their mentor. You rock MM.

  3. Sista, you found me and Linda you support me so much as I collect some thoughts on this neglected blog...Love you both, Maria

  4. I'm so glad to find you back on your beautiful blog, and sharing this inspirational and touching note from one of your students. You, my sweet friend, are beautiful inside and out. You have the sweetest personality, a wonderful sense of humor and a caring, loving heart. No wonder you are endeared by everyone who are blessed to cross your path.
    Stay strong! You are in my thoughts, my beautiful angel.
    My love and biggest hugs to you!

  5. Dear Sannel,

    How lovely to see you. Thank you so much for adding your beauty to my blog.
    Your friendship means the world. Hope you are well and will be by to see your lovely poetry soon.

    Love, Maria