Spinning Your Gold Blog: Words to Open Hearts and Inspire Actions
“Sisters are fierce, fragile, and forever!” – Miss Anon
Part One: My Tribe
While I have one younger biological sister, I am blessed to know dozens of heart-sisters around the globe!
Rewind: One of those precious tribes is my Judson College Sister Tribe pictured above. We’re gathered for a “Step Sing” in Jewett Hall, the main building on campus in Marion, Alabama—Deep South, Y’all.
At the Step Sing each week…
We forgot about school, home, friends, and boyfriend issues.
We lifted our separate voices as one.
We sang silly songs like “Mr. Moon” and emotional songs like Elvis’ “I Can’t Help Falling in Love with You.”
For last year’s reunion weekend, I was invited back for a book signing and to read Carbonated Holiness, my story in Inspiration for a Woman’s Soul: Opening to Gratitude and Grace. It’s a story about a spring day my freshman year…driving in the Alabama countryside…daffodils…and feeling included. That afternoon helped me make a life-changing decision: I decided to stay and graduate at this all women’s college founded in 1838.
Now: With mixed emotions, I won’t be attending this year’s annual reunion of J-Day; business is booming and needs my attention. At the same time, my spirit will be there celebrating my dear roomie, Rhonda Caver Lewis, who’s being installed as our alumnae president.
The J-Day Weekend ends on a somber note; Rhonda, along with hundreds of Judson Sisters, will be attending the memorial services for Dr. David Potts, who recently died. This kind, loyal man faithfully served the college for 30 years in many roles including that of the president. After my reading last year, he surprised me and everyone gathered by presenting me with a single, long-stem red rose saying, “I’m so glad you decided to stay at Judson and to graduate here, Lore.” I became a puddle with tears streaming down my face so I don’t recall much of what he said after that. I now cherish this memory more than ever.
Yes, my tribe invited me back to tell a story.
Members of my Judson Sister Tribe scooped me up from the airport.
My roomie from 46 years ago and I shared a hotel room, memories, and created new ones. In college they called us the “Odd Couple”—she was Felix and I was Oscar! And yes, there was a Step Sing to wrap up the weekend’s reunion activities. While I sang, I gave thanks for the four decades of friendship from this Judson Sister Tribe who are indeed…fierce, fragile, and forever!
Part Two: Your Tribe
The Future: You might say, “Nice story. This isn’t my experience.” Well, it can be. You can create your tribe or join a tribe.
With social media, there’s no shortage of groups to join.
Check them out.
If it isn’t a heart-match, keep dating!
You’re invited to join the Writer’s VisionQuest, my free, private Facebook group. It’s a women’s writing tribe where we give and receive resource support to “take our writing somewhere brilliant.“
As a result, check out what can happen in two years with sister support! You’re invited to visit my Amazon Author’s page.
P.S. Enjoy the song, We Are Family—I’ve got all my sisters with me–by Sister Sledge (1979).
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